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Halifax County Manager Tony Brown confirmed this afternoon 911 Center Director Heather Joyner announced her intention to step down from the position.

Although Brown said he has not been presented anything in writing, he said he discussed the matter with Halifax County Emergency Services Director Phil Ricks.

Brown said her resignation is effective September 25.

The county manager said there will be discussions of plans on how to proceed with filling the position “in the next day or so.”

There is the possibility the county may issue a press release, he said. He said he informed county board of commissioners Chairman Vernon Bryant of her decision.

Joyner did not immediately respond to a phone call and text message seeking more information and confirmation on whether her decision was related to a vote by commissioners last week to scrub funding for a new 911 center which would also serve as a backup for Franklin and Warren counties.

In a Facebook post today she said, “It is with a heavy heart that I share of my decision to resign as telecommunications manager with the Halifax County E-911 Communications Center. I have submitted my official notice to the county and my last day will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019.”

She continued in the post, “For over 21 years I have worked diligently to further the vision for our center. Without support, it is impossible for me to use my talents and loyalties to further the interests of our community and the communications center.”

Joyner said, “This was not an easy decision and I am grieving what was possible. I intend to put closure to all active projects, working with key personnel to ensure awareness of operational components that will need attention prior to my departure.

“I regret that my journey with the center and the county ends here, but I am willing to help make a smooth transition. To my public safety family and serviced agencies, I wish you all the best and hope that one day our paths will cross again in the near future.”