After a September meeting that saw Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty say that the county’s 911 dispatch center was facing a ‘crisis point’ in its staffing, recent campaigns to increase applications have yielded a handful of applicants and trainees. However, dispatch center director Lance Langdon is facing a problem that has begun to plague local governments across the nation.
Registered voters can request absentee ballots for the Nov. 7 election for many reasons, including plans to be out of town, physical difficulties in getting to the polls, religious restrictions and age. But they have to make their requests by Nov. 4.
A worker shortage in Ingham’s 911 center is at a crisis point, warned County Controller Tom Dolehanty. It is tough to find and keep qualified employees and this is driving overtime costs to $1 million.