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County-city joint dispatch deal inches forward

Commission to discuss potential city, county partnership next week

2:21 AM, Mar. 2, 2013
County dispatchers are working in the basement of the Portage County Sheriff's Office while the dispatch center is being remodeled. Stevens Point and the county might combine dispatch centers to save money and improve communications.
County dispatchers are working in the basement of the Portage County Sheriff's Office while the dispatch center is being remodeled. Stevens Point and the county might combine dispatch centers to save money and improve communications.
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Portage County and Stevens Point officials say they are closer to joining their dispatch centers.

Representatives from the county and city met Friday. The meeting comes on the heels of an announcement by Portage County Sheriff John Charewicz that the office formed a new communications board to set policy for its dispatch center. The board will meet for the first time this month.

The county offered to combine its dispatch center with the city's under the Sheriff's Office, but the city had reservations about what kind of control it would have once the dispatch center was out of its hands. ...

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