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      Ralls 911 director search enters interview phase

      911 center

      Interviews are scheduled to begin for the new director of the Ralls 911.

      After months of having neighboring Marion County 911 provide its services, the board will begin winnowing down the 20 to 30 applications it received for the advertised director position.

      In November, voters in the county approved a sales tax increase to bring the serve back under the board's control.

      Board member Lowell Jackson said Friday that the board has between 21 and 30 applicants and will begin interviews after the first of the year.

      The 911 center has been the cause of some controversy. Its former director and two former employees are under investigation for a host of issues including a shooting inside the building during a night shift and allegations that employees were tipping off criminals to police activity.