Pendergrass named as CRESA director

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The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency executive board Thursday named Anna Pendergrass, a 35-year veteran of the emergency services field, director of the regional public safety agency. Pendergrass has served as the agency’s interim director since the June retirement of Tom Griffith.

CRESA provides 911 dispatch, emergency and disaster management and technology services that maintain emergency radio and computer systems. It also oversees the ambulance contract for Emergency Medical Service District 2. Its service area is all seven Clark County cities and the county’s unincorporated area. The agency also hosts the Region IV Homeland Security Office, which coordinates Homeland Security efforts in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties.

CRESA recruited and hired Pendergrass as operations manager in 2004. In that position, she oversaw the day-to-day functions of the emergency dispatch center, where 911 calls are received and from where operators send police, fire and medical experts in response.

Her employment contract has not been finalized.