City-County 911 Dispatchers Get Pay And Benefit Alignment

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 6:32 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The task of combining local 911 communications takes another step forward, now that Fort Wayne and Allen County dispatchers are working under the same umbrella.

The two groups, who've been working side-by-side, will now be compensated the same.

Combined local 911 communications went into effect in February 2010.

A vote Wednesday night by members of the Consolidated Communications Partnership Board sets up uniformity in pay and benefits for city and county dispatchers.

Nothing much changes for city dispatchers under the new arrangement.

Nelson Peters/(R) Allen County Commissioner: " Former county employees will get what city employees have been getting, and in most circumstances, if not all, those are better or equal benefits."

In fact, new 911 Communications Director Tim Lee says all accrued vacation, sick time, or other benefits earned by dispatchers will be honored in the transition.

The combining of 911 Communications marked the end of years of negotiations and haggling over how to craft a better system to lower costs and emergency run response times.

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