No Decision on Potential Transfer of Steuben County Emergency Communications

ANGOLA, Ind. (WOWO): No decision was reached today on a potential  transfer of Steuben County Emergency Communications to the sheriff's  department.

In a meeting Monday morning, county commissioners declared there was no  “crisis” but admitted there were some problems with manpower and nothing that required immediate attention.

Sheriff Tim Troyer said he disagreed. Last week he said manpower was  at such such extreme low levels there was the possibility of only two dispatchers by the end of the month. He said it was a matter of serious public safety.

More than 100 residents attended, but in the 20 minute meeting only the  sheriff and commissioners spoke, sometime with statements that  bordered on tense.

At one point, Commissioner Ron Smith said he “felt betrayed” after a meeting on the situation last week.

No word on when or if the topic would be revisited.

Dozens of  police, EMS, fire and other departments use the county 911 dispatch.

County Commissioner Ron Smith addresses attendees.