Boone County to hire six full-time workers for 911 dispatch

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 7:55 p.m. CDT; updated 11:16 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission unanimously approved the hiring of six new full-time positions Wednesday.

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway said the county will hire five emergency telecommunicator positions, who will receive calls and dispatch emergency vehicles, and one training and quality control coordinator. A listing for an emergency telecommunicator was posted Thursday to the county's human resources website.

"None of these jobs existed in the county right now, so this order is needed for the creation and posting of these jobs," Galloway said.

She said the training for these workers takes about six months.

These new workers are being hired using the expected revenues from the sales tax increase that passed in April to expand 911 services in Boone County. The tax increase is expected to generate $9.3 million annually.

The three-eighths-cent sales tax takes effect Oct. 1, and the county will begin to collect the tax in December.

A portion of this money will go toward building a new center for 911 and emergency management operations that is expected to be ready by the end of 2015, Galloway said.

She said the new hires will work in the current facility run by the city and will move to the new facility when it opens. Galloway said these new hires are the first step toward transferring 911 operations from Columbia to Boone County.

"This is in the best interests of the county citizens," Galloway said "When they call, they expect to get a timely response. That's our goal."

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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