Power Breakfast: Jobs go vacant at DeKalb 911 center, Ga. unemployment dips, Home Depot, Tara Field, BP

This is disturbing. Almost a third of the 122 jobs assigned to DeKalb’s 911 center are vacant, AJC reporter Megan Matteucci writes.

The 911 center is so understaffed that dispatchers sometimes can’t take bathroom breaks, county officials say.

Matteucci reports that the county is investigating complaints of slow ambulance response times as it seeks to hire 31 officers and seven supervisors for 911 dispatch.

County officials have said they hope to address these problems with additional staff and training, but that will take several months.

“It will take about six months to get the positions filled. For now, we’re using overtime to cover it,” Police Major James Conroy told commissioners.

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June 17th, 2010
7:34 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.


June 17th, 2010
7:53 am

Here is what I think. These 911 operators and the other city people these Governments are letting go. Are necessary to public safety. I do not understand why people that do not work receive city money. Welfare.

The taxpayers pay in taxes. They deserve to have the protection they paid for. Not having to pay for lay abouts. That do nothing. Get into all kinds of trouble. Fill our jails. Cost even more money. Don’t fire our valuable city service people. Cut out the money that goes to people that are habitual non working people. Give it to the people that do work that protect us.