Lincoln 911 director resigns

August 29, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - After 8 years as director of Lincoln County's emergency dispatchers, Jeff Crowe handed his resignation to the 911 Board and it was officially accepted during their regular board meeting on Thursday.

"I think it was just the pressure of the county judge," board chairman Bill Denham said after reading the resignation letter. "I think it was just pressure in general."

Only if pressures from the county and county judge were mitigated would Crow agree to stay on, Denham said.

Crowe said Friday he would rather not comment on his resignation yet.

After discussing the issue and deciding Crowe's concerns could not be alleviated, the 911 board officially accepted his resignation. The board has since announced the position in The Advocate and The Interior Journal and will be accepting applications through Sept. 10.

Crowe had been with the agency a total of 10 years.

"It may be hard to replace him," Denham said.


The resignation follows last week's Fiscal Court meeting, during which magistrates questioned the proposed emergency board budget and an 8 percent raise allotted for Crowe. The budget was not approved by the county and returned to the board for revision. But, said Judge-executive Buckwheat Gilbert, no one mentioned that Crowe should resign.

"I have never, and I've never heard anybody from Fiscal Court say he needed to resign," Gilbert said Friday.

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