Pay, leadership issues for new dispatch center

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

City and county officials met Friday to hammer out details of an issue that’s evolved into a tall order — combining emergency dispatch operations.

While there is a consensus from the involved parties that it is logical to join the county’s law enforcement dispatch and the city’s Fire/EMS dispatch in the new Gillespie County Jail, a couple of sticking points remain:

Who will pay for it?

Who will supervise it?

“Those are the two decisions we have to make,” said Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover, who moderated the meeting at City Hall.

Discussions on combining the two operations have been under way for years, but heated up recently with the construction of the $15 million county jail on Industrial Loop.

Blueprints call for the jail to include a large dispatch area capable of housing a new-and-improved combined operation.

“There will never be a better time to consolidate dispatch for everybody than right now. Because … brand new building — we have brand new technology — we have set it up — it was engineered, it was designed, it was meant to be,” said Fredericksburg City Councilman Tim Dooley.

 “Council and commissioners felt this would be a timely opportunity to look at bringing everybody under one operation,” said Kent Myers, general manager of the City of Fredericksburg.

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