(financial institutions holding the note usually bid
the full amount of the debt, so the bidding starts at
Beginning January 1 the county Board of
Commissioners have contracted with the city of Mobridge to
provide 911 dispatching.
The four dispatchers at Gettysburg will lose their jobs in
the move, with one being re-hired as an executive secretary.
Mobridge will handle all 9-1-1 calls and
routine calls after business hours.
The City of Gettysburg is in the process of
hiring a second officer, Gene King of Spearfish SD, to work
under Chief Joseph Senyak.
January 4, 2000
Potter County Commissioners exploring options
for 911 dispatch alternatives due to $40,000 loss
of Gettysburg contract. Concerns were raised by Sheriff
Simon as to safety concerns to Potter,
Sully and parts of Faulk, Edmunds and Walworth Counties that
are served by Potter County 911 dispatch. Further concerns
over regular dispatch and officer/public safety were, of
course, raised. A State Regional 911 center issue arises,
and whether local emergencies are better handled by local
Gettysburg's law enforcement contract with Potter County to expire
midnight December 31, 1999.
Being unable to reach an agreement to extend
the contract for Potter County to provide law enforcement
patrol within the city, the current contract will expire New
Year's Eve. Apparently the city council felt they were not
getting their $40,000 worth in dispatch services, nor the
$25,000 (over three years) in law enforcement services, and
could not reach an agreement with the county board of
commissioners. An approved COPS grant to pay for a third
deputy will now be refused by the county. The City will need
to re-establish a municipal police department, equip and man
it. It is yet unclear as to how dispatch services will be
provided. The change will mean a loss of Potter County
Deputy Rich Walk, who has been with us for about six months.
It is hoped that the City will hire him as Police Chief.
This will put the Sheriff's Department sworn personnel at
two: the Sheriff himself, and one full time deputy.
Potter County Commissioners pass a
resolution authorizing the Potter County Sheriff to keep one
full time deputy.
News Sources: "Potter County News",
"Aberdeen American News"
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