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VFD’s Danczyk to lead Vicksburg-Warren 911 Commission

Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk has been elected chairman of the Vicksburg-Warren 911 Commission.

Danczyk, who has been a commission member for more than two years, was serving as vice-chairman. He succeeds former Warren County Supervisor John Arnold. Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs was elected vice-chairman.

The seven-member commission consists of Danczyk, Briggs, Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore, Mayor George Flaggs Jr., Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace, Warren County Supervisor Ed Herring, and Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer.

The commission oversees the operations and budget of the 911 Communications Center.

“We just want to have an efficient 911 (system),” Danczyk said. “We want to have a good dialogue when we deal with any kind of matter, whether it’s budget, personnel or complaints. I look forward to it (serving).

“It’s a little more responsibility, but I was honored to be nominated and voted in, and I appreciate the vote of confidence of my peers.”

He said the ultimate goal of the commission “is to have very positive cooperation … we want to have very professional dialogue; we may not always agree, but I think most of the time we will.”

Danczyk said he hopes to serve as a moderator “to steer discussions in a positive direction and hopefully, the people will benefit the most. That’s our goal; we want the people of Warren County to benefit the most. We want a solid efficient 911 providing services to Warren County.

“I think we’ve got the right pieces in place, we’ve just got to maintain it,” he said. “We will try to make decisions that will benefit the residents and public safety. We want public safety to have an asset like 911 when the calls come in and they get good dispatching to assist a positive outcome on emergency calls.”

Danczyk is a 25-year veteran of the fire department. He was appointed chief in 2017 by Flaggs. He served as a deputy fire chief for more than two years.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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