The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 6, 2013

911 board, county considering plan for free dispatching service

By Susan Redden
sredden@joplinglobe.com

CARTHAGE, Mo. — If the two county entities can reach an agreement, the Jasper County Emergency Services Board will provide dispatching for the sheriff’s office at no charge.

Board members agreed to the offer on Tuesday, though there is no final plan yet. Sheriff Randee Kaiser has said he wants to look at moving sheriff department dispatching back to the county board. And board members on Tuesday said they want to try to provide the service without charging the county, noting county residents already are paying the 911 tax.

The board currently provides services at no charge for the other fire and police departments it serves, but does charge for handling non-emergency calls for METS, the Joplin-based emergency medical service.

The Sheriff’s Department paid the county board just over $110,000 annually for dispatching services for five years, before resuming its own operation in August 2010.