By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The Preston City Council is considering a request from Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryar for additional funding to help pay for a fourth, full-time employee at the county’s dispatch center.
Fryar met with the council on Monday and said one of the obligations he has felt since being elected sheriff is to provide better training and have full-time dispatchers.
“We currently have tremendous, hard-working, diligent dispatchers. But because of liability in today’s world, I feel we need to have full-time, career-oriented individuals working in our dispatch center,” he said.
“I have proposed to county commissioners a plan to hire another full-time dispatcher. We have already sent one dispatcher to the Police Officer Standards Training dispatch academy and she graduated second in her class. Our plan is to send all our dispatchers to this academy over the next few months.
“I feel our current budget will support the wages of a fourth person, but the benefit package will need to be increased.”
This story is sponsored by David Bosen.
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