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      Ralls County 911 director resigns

      Ralls County 911 center

      The Ralls County 911 director abruptly resigned at Monday night's regular meeting of the agency's board of directors.

      Laurie Means took over the position in November 2011. She refused to comment Tuesday when contacted at her home in New London, Mo.

      ??I think I'd prefer to not make a comment,?? she said.

      The surprise resignation came as a shock to many of the board members.

      "Mike Hall agreed to come up and sit with us during our meeting," Ralls County 911 Board member Raymond Reed said. "From the time we placed the phone call to the time of his arrival, we had a letter of resignation presented to each of us board members that was not only unexpected, it kind of caught us off guard."

      Marion County 911 director Mike Hall will oversee operations at the Ralls County 911 on an interim basis.

      ??It was about 9:30 (p.m.) and I was sitting at home. The board called and asked me to come to their meeting due to the resignation,?? Hall said. ??It was a surprise to the board last night. They don't have anyone waiting in the wings to help them, but we don't expect for there to be any noticeable chances in service.??

      Hall and Reed said the service provided by Marion County will be viewed as mutual aid for the next 30 days, meaning Ralls County won't have to pay for the extra help.

      Reed and fellow board member Lowell Jackson couldn't elaborate specifically as to what prompted the surprise resignation.

      ??We just want to keep our system up and going and to take care of our law enforcement people," Jackson said. "We had to have somebody immediately in charge. That's why we went that route.??

      Reed also wanted to stress that nothing will change for the time being with Ralls County 911 service.

      Both Hall and Redd said the service provided by Marion County will be viewed as mutual aid for the next 30 days, meaning Ralls County won't have to pay for the extra help.