City declines to make changes to communications center

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City officials will not support proposals by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to alter the operation and administration of the Joint Emergency Communications Center.

In a letter sent March 2, Mayor Matt Hayek said city officials consider the changes premature. He noted the center recently got a new director and has been fully operational for only about half a year.

“We concluded that changes of the magnitude proposed in your Dec. 16 letter are premature at this time,” Hayek wrote.

The communications center, which merged communications from every law-enforcement entity in the county except the University of Iowa police, went online June 29, but it has been plagued with problems since.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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