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Lake County police and fire chiefs are recommending a man with experience in E-911 consolidations elsewhere in the midwest to lead Lake County's efforts to make it happen by the end of next year. 50-year-old Brian Hitchcock, a Minnesota native, got the unanimous nod from law enforcement leaders to be the new E-911 director – their choice still has to be approved by county officials. He'll be facing the task of consolidating the E-911 services of seventeen city, town and county law enforcement agencies by the end of 2014 –as mandated by state law – to prevent the county from losing millions in public safety dollars from the state. The former director resigned three months ago. Since 2008, Hitchcock has been working in Iowa as director for the Davenport Emergency Communications Center, where he helped guide consolidation of E-911 services for 30 public safety agencies in the Quad Cities area.