St. Clairsville cops wish dispatchers well in transition

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As the city prepares to bid farewell to its dispatching staff, several members of the police department appeared before council and made a statement of gratitude to the dispatchers on behalf of past and present officers and wishing them well in the future.

Due to financial issues, the city is eliminating the eight dispatcher positions and will instead work through the Belmont County 911 dispatching system.

Use of the county 911 system was initiated Tuesday, and the city dispatchers’ last day on the job will be Sunday.

“For over 40 years, our dispatchers have served not only the public but also many city employees and departments. They provided an invaluable service behind the scenes. Keeping our patrolmen safe is a job that cannot be underestimated. Not only are they an important part of our team, they are an important part of our family as well. The patrolmen would like to extend our deepest thanks for their constant watch and support,” St. Clairsville Police Officer Michael Clark said. “These dispatchers took thousands of calls from the public.”

Service and Safety Director James Zucal has said this was a financial decision motivated by the cost of maintaining the dispatcher positions.