Tahoe City dispatch to close no later than September 2010 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City dispatch to close no later than September 2010

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; September 2010 is the latest possible date Placer County Sheriffand#8217;s Office dispatchers will remain in Tahoe City, the stationand#8217;s commander said Thursday.

Capt. Jeff Granum said the process of centralizing the countyand#8217;s dispatch in Auburn and#8212; a plan which was announced earlier this year and#8212; is progressing, and the phaseout of a handful of Tahoe City dispatchers is under way.

The plan encountered some backlash earlier this year from dispatchers and members of the community concerned the safety dispatchers stationed in Auburn could provide. The sheriffand#8217;s department has maintained safety wont be compromised with the move.

Granum said current dispatchers are either applying for dispatch jobs in other agencies or are in line for other Placer County jobs.

and#8220;For those that arenand#8217;t hiring with other places, weand#8217;re actively trying to put them into vacant county positions weand#8217;ve had,and#8221; Granum said.

He said the dispatch staff can help to fill empty positions in Tahoe City so workers wonand#8217;t need to make the commute to Auburn to save their jobs. Open positions include an administrative assistant and evidence technician, among others.

As for the September 2010 deadline, Granum said the dispatch could close before then if all employees are placed ahead of time.

and#8220;The plan is we wonand#8217;t be open past next September, and we may close ahead of time,and#8221; Granum said. and#8220;As people leave or are placed elsewhere weand#8217;ll transfer more of the dispatching duties to Auburn.and#8221;

The plan to close the dispatch center came about early this year when a consulting firm recommended the sheriffand#8217;s department centralize dispatch to increase efficiency.

Read about the announced closing of the Tahoe City dispatch center at http://www.sierrasun.com/dispatchcenter.

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