ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) – With the soon-to-be former director of Baldwin County’s 911 system officially retiring next week amid bookkeeping issues, the board that oversees operations voted Thursday to conduct a nationwide search for a replacement.

Chris Heger has been on paid leave since earlier this year when board members learned of bookkeeping issues that included improper withholding from employee paychecks and a failure to keep track of certain expenses and revenue.

She previously had notified the board that she would retire effective May 1.

Meanwhile, the board Friday took no action on the employment status of administrative assistant Janie Hamric, who also has been on paid leave.

The board will advertise on the websites of the National Emergency Number Association and its Alabama equivalent for the position, which will pay between $101,000 and $150,000 a year. Board attorney Mark Ryan told FOX10 News he hopes a new director will be in place by the time 911 operations “flip the switch” on a new, bigger and more modern facility in July.

As for Hamric, Ryan said the board is waiting for the results of an “investigative inquiry” that the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is conducting at the 911 center board’s request. Neither employee has been accused of criminal wrongdoing.

“I’m really hoping and anticipating that we have some resolution by the next meeting,” he said.

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