SIERRA VISTA — Bill Duggan, director of the Southeast Arizona Communications Center (SEACOM), was removed from his position on Thursday, officials confirmed.

The SEACOM board, or Joint Powers Authority board, took action to place Duggan on paid administrative leave, said Sierra Vista City Manager Chuck Potucek.

Potucek was unable to comment on the reason for Duggan’s removal.

Duggan, a Kansas transplant, arrived in Cochise County for the position in May 2018, the Herald/Review previously reported.

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels also confirmed that Duggan had been “relieved of duty,” but said he was unable to comment further on the personnel issue.

SEACOM is a regional dispatch center that provides for county and municipal emergency services. The center opened its doors in July 2018.

Commander Chris Hiser of the Sierra Vista Police Department, along with a CCSO commander, will take over the direction of SEACOM operations, said Potucek.

“Basically, the operation is still going as planned, and there’s no interruption in terms of the service or whatever issues in regard to the service,” he said.

No action has been taken regarding Duggan’s contract, said Potucek.

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