Future of dispatching services in question

During the commissioners’ Sept. 18 meeting, Sheriff Jim Brueggeman reported on some issues with the dispatch services being provided by Keith County.   

He said there have been some complaints at the service they have been providing, but noted it’s been better since the 911 communications committee meeting on Sept. 7.

 He said some of the problems discussed at the meeting have been corrected and he is hoping they’ll stay that way.

 However, Brueggeman noted it has gotten better before and then regressed. 

Brueggeman said an important thing for the commissioners to know is that he put the dispatch center on notice that if they did not “pull things together satisfactorily” by March then the county would start looking at rescinding their contract and coming back to Perkins County to do their own dispatching. 

“Hopefully that was some incentive for them,” he said. 

Commissioner Sid Colson said he wasn’t in favor of bringing dispatch back to Perkins County. 

A frustrated citizen contacted Brueggeman after trying to call in a complaint to the Keith County dispatch center. He said it took five minutes for them to understand where he was calling from and whom he was complaining about. 

Brueggeman said it’s not just Perkins County who’s having issues. One out-of-county fire department told him that if Perkins County reopened their dispatch services they would be interested in utilizing them, and Deuel County is considering using Sidney.

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