Thu. 9:38 p.m.: Trumbull County to begin dispatch Warren 911 call in September

County to begin dispatch city 911 call in September

By Raymond L. Smith

Tribune Chronicle

COMING FRIDAY: Trumbull County 911 will start providing dispatch service at its center in Howland for Warren police by September, according to the center’s director.

Ernest Cook III said Thursday – a day after county commissioners OK’d the deal to bring Warren into the 911 center’s fold – officials are looking at what is called a “cut over” date of Sept. 9.

Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said, “This is not unique to us. It’s happening all over the state. These sort of initiatives are pushed a lot, to do more with less.”

In the meantime, Cook said, the county’s Human Resources Department is arranging a meeting for all of Warren’s dispatchers to speak with them about transitioning to county employment, if they choose. Warren dispatchers have the option of becoming dispatchers for the county, Cook said.

Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa expects nine of the city’s dispatchers to be affected by this move. The layoff notices were issued Wednesday. They will be effective Sept. 8.

Until the county officially takes over the dispatching for the city, Enzo Cantalamessa said the dispatch center located in the basement of the city’s municipal center will continue to operate as it has been over the years.

Read more in the Friday Tribune Chronicle.