The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 19, 2013

Jasper County Commission approves 911 dispatching pact

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A contract to allow the Jasper County Emergency Services Board to provide dispatching for the Jasper County Sheriff’s office became official on Tuesday.

Commissioners approved the pact and Sheriff Randee Kaiser said after the meeting that plans are “going well” for the changeover to occur April 1.

“Something still could come up in the interim, but we and they are getting the systems set up,” he said.

Commissioners were prepared to approve the pact a week ago, but tabled it after discovering the agreement they had before them lacked a revision that had been made and okayed by both sides.

In a departure from past practice, the board for the county agency will provide emergency and non-emergency dispatching for the sheriff’s office at no charge. Before the sheriff’s office resumed its own dispatching several years ago, the county agency had provided the service at a cost of $110,000 per year.

Board members said the county should receive the service at no additional charge, because county taxpayers are paying sales tax for the operation.