911 Dispatch May Add a County, While Director Deploys with Guard

The Jersey County 911 director is scheduled to deploy with the Army National Guard this month, leaving oversight of the emergency dispatch to West Central Joint ETSB, should the board agree to the terms at its meeting.

by Samantha McDaniel-Ogletree, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill. / February 4, 2020
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(TNS) — The West Central Joint ETSB will vote on an agreement with Jersey County to provide administrative services for Jersey County 911 while its director goes on active duty with the Army National Guard.

Jersey County 911 Director Rob Hedger is scheduled to go on active duty with the Army National Guard later this month, leaving the overseeing of the emergency dispatch to West Central Joint ETSB, should the board agree to the terms at its meeting Tuesday.

Morgan County Emergency Management Director Phil McCarty said the agreement between the two agencies would be for administrative oversight while Hedger is gone.

“They will keep all dispatch operations there, we will just be helping with the management side, quality assurance, administrative stuff,” McCarty said. “We will just be supplementing that role while he is out.”

In addition to the agreement, McCarty said compensation will be decided on Tuesday as well.

“There will be some type of compensation, but the board will have to discuss that,” McCarty said. “They have to agree to provide the oversight first.”

McCarty said the agreement will be open to cover the entire time Hedger is on duty.

“Right now we don’t know the length,” he said. “It could be upwards of seven months, or it could be shorter. It’s up in the air. His status drives everything.”

If the board votes to approve the agreement, McCarty said the West Central Joint ETSB will take on the role immediately to provide a short transition period before Hedger leaves for duty.

The meeting wiis scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 200 W. Douglas Ave.

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