By Lisa Treiber-Walter —
While city and county officials seem to agree on combining their dispatch efforts once the new jail is complete, just who will manage the center is still in question.
The sheriff, who currently supervises the county’s dispatch says the system works just fine, so don’t “fix it.”
“We have the ability to take care of everything right now,” he told Gillespie County Commissioners meeting Monday.
Recommended by the 22-member Joint Dispatch Research Committee, however, is that such a dispatch center should be ruled by a board of 11 directors (in an attempt to give all the affected parties — fire, EMS, law enforcement, public utilities — a voice in operations).
Yet county officials also learned from their information technologies employee, John Keller, that even if a board governs the dispatch center, law enforcement still has the final say since, by law, it must be given majority control.