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Hermiston City Council to Consider Consolidating Emergency Dispatch

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HERMISTON, Ore. -   The Hermiston City Council will consider a move to consolidate Hermiston's emergency dispatch services with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Department next month.

At the city council meeting Monday, Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston, Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts, and Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan presented a consolidation plan.

Pendleton consolidated its dispatch service with the county in 2002, and the transition had some expected growing pains, but was a non-issue after the second month, Chief Roberts told the Hermiston Council.

The City of Hermiston could see financial savings from a consolidation through reduced and avoided personnel and equipment costs.  Chief Edmiston projected a 2014-15 dispatch budget to compare costs against a contract with the county.  He expects the contract would save $350,000 for the year.

The council will consider the move at their August 12th meeting.