"ICOM director, McClymont, dies suddenly"
June 25, 2008 · Updated 1:21 PM
"Kathy McClymont, the woman responsible for building one of the most effective and efficient 911 operations in the state -- Island County's ICOM system -- died Sunday morning, leaving shocked co-workers wondering what the future will be like without her.Hired by the nascent agency in 1994 as ICOM's director, McClymont, 47, turned a hopeful idea into reality in 1997, when she successfully combined the dispatching resources of the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Island County Sheriff's Office under the ICOM banner. Her death came as a blow to her co-workers, each of whom she had hired herself during the past seven years.Kari Roll, McClymont's executive assistant, said Monday afternoon that the ICOM staff was overwhelmed with the news of McClymont's death. Everybody is shocked, she said.ICOM dispatchers knew before anyone else that their boss's life was in jeopardy when they received a 911 call from her house at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Roll said the dispatchers did their job well and got paramedics to McClymont's Coupeville home as fast as the could. McClymont was transported to Whidbey General Hospital on Sunday for treatment. She died of natural causes at 5:30 a.m. Monday.Kathy would be proud, Roll said.Roll said she and Tom Shaughnessy, chairman of ICOM's board of directors, spent much of Monday deciding how to begin the process of finding someone to fill the director's chair. It was not a task Shaughnessy wanted.She took it from the ground up, Shaughnessy said of McClymont's work at ICOM. It's very emotional for all of us.A former dispatcher with the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Bellevue Eastside Communications Center, McClymont started her job as ICOM's director in February,1994. She took the 911 system live on March 31, 1997, almost exactly four years before her death Monday.A memorial service for McClymont will be held on Saturday at the North Whidbey Middle School at 2 p.m. The school is at 67 NE Izett Street in Oak Harbor. The service is open to the public.McClymont is survived by her husband Jim McClymont of Coupeville and her two daughters, Katie and Lindy. The family asks that remembrances go to the McClymont Children's College Fund at Coupeville's Interwest Bank.ICOM's board of directors will hold their regular monthly meeting Monday, during which they will discuss the process for hiring McClymont's replacement. "