HELP WANTED: ACSO struggles to staff open positions (TX)

HELP WANTED: ACSO struggles to staff open positions (TX)

Like many local businesses, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is struggling to find people to fill vacant positions.

Sheriff Rudy Flores said one of his greatest challenges continues to be finding qualified applicants for available positions.

“We currently have openings in patrol, investigations, jail and dispatch,” Flores said. “Our most pressing need is the jail. I have reassigned personnel from other divisions in order to meet minimum state staffing requirements. These divisions were working shorthanded as well, and this reassignment simply exacerbates the problem…

Lawrence County Council approves hiring of dispatchers for sheriff’s department (IN)

Lawrence County Council approves hiring of dispatchers for sheriff’s department (IN)

LAWRENCE CO. – The Lawrence County council approved the hiring of two dispatchers at a higher rate of pay due to their level of experience. One dispatcher worked previously as a Hamilton County dispatcher and has more than 10 years of experience, and the second dispatcher previously worked at IU Health Hospital as an emergency medical dispatcher for the last seven years.

Lawrence County human resource policy states new hires will start at a first-year employee salary, but this type of job experience is important and the council approved the hiring of one of the dispatchers at a 10-year employee level and the second at a five-year employee level. This will still leave the department under budget at the end of the year…

Honoring the best, West Virginia Telecommunicator of the Year

Honoring the best, West Virginia Telecommunicator of the Year


Ethel Taylor, center, a 20-year dispatcher with Mason County 9-1-1, has been named the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) West Virginia Telecommunicator of the Year. She is pictured with Matt Shell, left, 9-1-1 director of operations, who nominated Taylor, and Tiffany Franklin, 9-1-1 director.
POINT PLEASANT — A longtime Mason County 9-1-1 dispatcher has been named the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) West Virginia Telecommunicator of the Year.

Ethel Taylor of Point Pleasant was surprised with the award Tuesday during a party in her honor at the 9-1-1 center.

Taylor has been with Mason County 9-1-1 since 2001. Along with serving as a telecommunicator, she is a supervisor, and is described by her co-workers as the “matriarch” of the agency…

Feds sue North Carolina county over 911 operator’s firing

 

 

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county’s emergency communications unit engaged in unlawful retaliation when it terminated a worker after she told supervisors that she had been sexually harassed while on the job, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to a department news release Wednesday, Jennifer Riddle began working as a trainee for Wilson County Emergency Communications in 2017 and was soon sexually harassed by the agency’s assistant director. The filing says Riddle complained of the harassment and an investigation substantiated her claims, leading to the assistant director being fired.

After the firing, the lawsuit says, Riddle began experiencing hostility from her supervisor and co-workers, leading to a transfer and, eventually, her firing when she reported to the supervisors on her new shift that she had previously been sexually harassed and the department hadn’t effectively dealt with her harasser…

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet Growth, Another MCPTT Option, FirstNet 10-Year Anniversary Soon, 4.9 GHz

This week we will look at the numbers as FirstNet (Built with AT&T) continues to add more agencies and users and we will discuss its plans to support another Push-To-Talk (PTT) application. We will then consider the possibility that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for the 4.9-GHz band and reflect on public safety’s stance on this spectrum.

FirstNet Growth

Congratulations to FirstNet (Built with AT&T). The latest numbers have been released and they show that the network now supports more than 17,000 agencies and more than 2.5 million users…