Commission approves 911 positions

By Morgan McKinniss -

GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County Commissioners approved three, new part-time positions for Gallia County 911 at their regular meeting on Thursday.

“Having a full staff, including part-time employees, allows us to fill in the gaps created by vacations and time off with full-time staff, and helps us keep staffing levels so that we are able to serve the communities’ needs as they arise,” stated 911 Director Sherry Daines.

The 911 center handles all dispatching duties for law enforcement and emergency response agencies in Gallia County, making them a central and primary agency in emergency situations. They are responsible for all phone calls to Gallia County EMS, Sheriff’s Office, Gallipolis, and Rio Grande Police Departments.

Daines, who also serves as the EMA Director, was present at this week’s commissioners meeting for the approval of the new hires, as well as making nominations for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). These nominations must be approved by the county commissioners in order to take effect.

“This committee is made up of local people from various industries, including Kyger Creek Power Plant, Red Cross, the Hospital, and others,” said Daines. “These people help plan for an emergency and hazardous situations.”

The LEPC meetings are open to the public, who are encouraged to learn more about emergency preparedness. The 911 center and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) both have a booth at the fair to help educate the public.

To learn more about LEPC, EMA, or to attend a meeting, call the 911 center at 740-446-0025.

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.