Council to Consider Dispatch Consolidation August 12

Release Date: 
07/22/2013

The Hermiston City Council will consider a move to consolidate Hermiston's emergency dispatch services with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Department at its August 12 regular meeting.

Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston, Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts, and Umatilla County Sherrif Terry Rowan presented a consolidation plan to the City Council Monday night.  Pendleton consolidated its dispatch service with the county in 2002, and the transition had some expected growing pains, but was a non-issue after the second month, Chief Roberts told the Hermiston Council.

The City of Hermiston could see financial savings from a consolidation through reduced and avoided personnel and equipment costs.  Chief Edmiston projected a 2014-15 dispatch budget to compare costs against a contract with the county.  He expects the contract would save $350,000 for the year.

A memo from Chief Edmiston to the Mayor and City Council which outlines the possibility of consolidation in detail is available HERE.

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