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Ron Wolbert Leaving Clarion County 9-1-1

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 @ 12:12 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

Clarion Co. 911 Director Ron WolbertCLARION, Pa. (EYT) — Friday will be the last day on the job for Clarion County Director of 9-1-1 Operations Ron Wolbert.

Wolbert has accepted a position with a company based in Michigan.

Wolbert, a Clarion County native who has lived in the county his entire life, won’t be leaving the area. He said he will continue to reside in the county, but his work will take him outside of Pennsylvania.

Wolbert has worked in the Office of Emergency Services for nearly seven years and became the director in March 2016.

Wolbert will be missed by those who have known and worked with him.

“Ron will be greatly missed,” Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan said. “When we hired Ron to take over, he wasn’t sure of some things, but we met and exceeded our expectations.”

“Things have run very smoothly since Ron took over, and while there were some difficult times, he always did what was needed.”

“You can’t stand in the road of someone bettering themselves, and I wish him well,” Tharan added.

Betty Isler, the department’s confidential secretary, said working for Wolbert was as good of an experience as she has had since joining the department more than ten years ago.

“Ron has been the best boss I have worked for,” Isler said. “He communicates well, he’s a good person who knows what he’s doing, and I will miss him.”

Wolbert has worked to help serve Clarion County residents for more than two decades.

He became an EMT 22 years ago with Clarion Hospital EMS, then became a dispatcher before taking over as director.

In an interview with> earlier this year, Wolbert said, “The most rewarding aspect of both positions is being able to help the residents of Clarion and Forest counties. It’s all about being there to help 24/7.”

He said his most memorable moment was when he was named the director by the commissioners.

“I vividly remember the flood of emotions – nervous, a little scared, anxious to make a difference, and determined to succeed. It was the moment when I realized all the long hours of hard work had been worth it. I’m extremely proud to be in charge of such great family dispatchers,” Wolbert said.

Tharan said the county has advertised the job on its website at

He doesn’t believe anyone has applied, but he is confident that the remaining staff – Isler and the dispatchers – will handle things capably until a replacement is named.

“We have a great group of dispatchers, and Betty does a great job, and I’m confident they can handle the job.”

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