Ralls County residents looking for answers about 911 center

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.

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Ralls county residents are showing concerns about the future of the county's 911 center.

These concerns stem from the surprise resignation of the center's former director in last month's meeting.

However, more than 25 people attended the meeting to share their concerns.

The main concern was that the 911 center would not remain a Ralls County 911 center for much longer.

The board addressed questions from the residents.

Board members said it is difficult to put a time on when they can hire a new 911 director for the county.

They said training could take months.

"Maybe we need to start attending the 911 board meetings, because last month was a total surprise. Nobody knew anything was going to happen," New London city alderman Mary White said.

In June's meeting, Laurie Means resigned as director during the 911 center board meeting.

For the past month, Mike Hall with Marion County 911 offered resources and assistance from his department and served as interim Ralls County director.

However, the services only last for free for thirty days.

Hall made reference in Monday's meeting to discussing further options for Marion County's involvement during the closed session.