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      Ralls County 911 Center closed; staff let go

      The Ralls County 911 Board voted unanimously Monday night to cease all operations at the 911 center in New London and lay-off remaining staff.

      Plans to eliminate the center remain in place until a long-range plan addressing a number of internal operational, training, and management issues can be resolved.

      This lay-off affects five full-time and part-time employees.

      This news came at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday after a closed door session of the Ralls County Emergency Services Board of Directors Monday night.

      According to a press release, members discussed the course of action needed after their executive director resigned suddenly last month. The release notes that several other employees have resigned since then as well.

      The press release calls the decision the most difficult decision the board has ever had to make. However the decision was called "necessary" until a long range plan can be formed to address internal operational, training, and management issues.

      To help achieve this goal, a public meeting will be held at the Center High School on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend to help review and discuss the strategic plan being developed by the 911 Board.

      Marion County 911 has agreed to continue providing services for an additional 30 day period to ensure that there is no interruption of 911 services for Ralls County citizens.