July 24, 2014

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Grafton cuts dispatchers, switches to county 911

GRAFTON — As of June 15, the job of a Grafton dispatcher will be no more.

Village Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to turn over dispatching duties to Lorain County 911. The jobs of three full-time and three part-time employees will be eliminated.

“Roughly, this will save us $200,000,” Mayor Megan Flanigan said Wednesday.

Flanigan said all Council members were in favor of the pact between Grafton and Lorain County 911.

“So, far I have not received any (negative) phone calls,” she said.

But that doesn’t mean everyone is pleased.

Communications Sgt. Melissa Masterson said Police Chief Dan Clark called her Tuesday night to let her know the final decision.

“Providing everything is in place with the community and Lorain County 911, the Sheriff’s Department will be dispatching for officers,” Masterson said Wednesday.

Masterson, 48, would have been employed with the Grafton Police Department for 19 years this August. It was her first job after she completed dispatch training.

“It’s going to be tough,” she said, adding that her husband has assured her they will be financially stable.

According to Flanigan, she and Council members are working on a severance package for the six dispatchers.

Grafton will be the first law enforcement agency outside of the Sheriff’s Office to be dispatched by Lorain County 911.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.