Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

County Commission to Discuss Stripping Sheriff's Office of Dispatch Center Oversight

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

County Commission to Discuss Stripping Sheriff's Office of Dispatch Center Oversight

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Local governing bodies plan this coming week to discuss stripping Sheriff Herman Jones' office of its oversight of the county's emergency communications center and changing the city of Topeka's rules regarding dangerous dogs.

The Shawnee County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in its chambers in Room B-11 of the county courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th, while the Topeka City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th.

Commissioners Shelly Buhler, Bob Archer and Kevin Cook will discuss former Topeka city manager Jim Colson's request that the county scrap the current arrangement through which Jones' office oversees the communications center, where dispatchers answer emergency calls and coordinate radio communications of local law enforcement, firefighting and emergency response agencies.

Before resigning effective Friday to return to his home in Arizona, Colson sent commission Chairwoman Buhler a letter Tuesday contending the quality of services provided by the communications center had "reached a critical point where ensuring the continued safety of our police and fire personnel requires that immediate changes be made."

Colson asked that management of the communications center be shifted to the city under a three-year contract that would cost nothing for the county or be moved to another county department outside the sheriff's office.

Interim city manager Doug Gerber indicated Friday he didn't plan to have a representative from the city at Monday's meeting. He said he thought county commissioners should have that day's conversation on their own.

Commissioners also plan Monday to consider:

- Making four moves linked to the transfer of the Shawnee County Health Agency's Community Health Center to Wichita-based GraceMed. Those include approving a resolution transferring assets to GraceMed; approving a contract transferring the CHC to GraceMed; canceling insurance on former county CHC providers; and rescinding the resolution that established the CHC board.

- Transferring county payroll functions and duties from the county clerk's office to the human resources department. …

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