New director named for Ralls County 911 Center

Ralls County 911 Board

There appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Ralls County 911 Center.

Monday night, the Ralls County 911 board announced the hiring of Michael Arnold of Central, Missouri as its new director.

He's served the past eight years as director of the Miller County 911 Center at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Arnold starts in mid-June.

The Ralls County 911 board spent about six to eight months trying to find a new director.

The board narrowed the field to four from a pool of 35 applications after initially advertising the position in newspapers across the country.

That search proved fruitless, so the board enlisted the help of the Missouri 911 Directors Association, which eventually led them to Arnold.

The search cost Ralls County about $20,000.

Arnold will be paid $55,000.

Arnold and the board do not want to rush into re-opening the Ralls County 911 center too soon.

Therefore, the board voted to renew its agreement with Marion County to run Ralls County's dispatch for at least another month.

The board's next meeting is July 1st.

Former Ralls County 911 Director Laurie Means resigned abruptly last summer after a shooting inside the Ralls County 911 building,