Lincoln 911 chief vacates position early

September 17, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Lincoln County 911 dispatchers were left in a lurch last week without a coordinator after former coordinator Jeff Crowe left weeks short of his scheduled last day. Crowe had given his notice of resignation Aug. 26 after eight years on the job, but at that time had pegged Oct. 1 as his last day.

Crowe's first letter of resignation said he was leaving after years of pressure from the Fiscal Court and judge-executive, who Crowe believed had been asking 911 board members to fire him.

That was denied by the board and Fiscal Court officials.

Last week's second letter of resignation was given to 911 board member and Stanford Fire Chief Kenny McDaniel. It said "he had the opportunity for other employment," and was effective immediately, said 911 Chairman Willy Denham.

For several days after, the office was left without a coordinator, Denham said.

"We have some good honest dispatchers, some who have been down there 10 years or more, and they just carried on," he explained.


At the time of Crowe's resignation, 25-30 applicants had filed for his position.

Of those, six or seven were interviewed, said Denham, but it wasn't until Thursday that the coordinator's office was occupied again.

Dobson hired

Ronnie Dobson, of Hustonville, was offered the position Wednesday and began his new duties Thursday.

Dobson came highly recommended and certified, said Denham. Dobson said he has served as a dispatcher for 19 years and a supervisor for 11 years, including in Danville.

While his first day was kind of hectic, Dobson said, "Everything's going to be fine. We have a good bunch of people down here, and I'm looking forward to working with the community and helping them."

Thursday was spent settling in and evaluating equipment and personnel, he said, expecting it will "take a while to get going." However, the lack of a coordinator last week did not set the office back.

The commission and dispatchers "kept it up pretty good. The commission has worked hard to keep things going ... and they've done a good job," Dobson said.

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