After three separate searches over the past year, the Charlottesville-University of Virginia-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center will have a new executive director.

Barry C. Neulen, currently the director of field operating activity for the U.S. Department of Defense in Arlington, will take over the center. He will start Oct. 1, one year to the day after the retirement of center’s prior executive director, Tom Hanson.

The center receives all 911 calls in the area and serves as the central dispatch for three police departments and all local emergency medical responders and fire departments. It also provides coordinated emergency management among the three jurisdictions.