Athens Co. Commissioners to begin search for 911 director

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Athens County Commissioners say they will begin searching for a new 911 director.

During the commissioner's meeting this morning, Sheriff Pat Kelly made a pitch to have his department operate the 911 center.

Former 911 Director Doug Bentley recently resigned, right after the Athens County Firefighters Association put out a news release that was critical of 911 Center operations.

Commissioner Lenny Eliason says commissioners have decided to start the search for a new director, while reconvening the 911 planning committee to consider the sheriff's idea, among other things.

The planning committee consists of the Board of Commissioners President, the Mayor of the largest municipality and the mayor of the next largest municipality or township.

Eliason says the 911 plan hasn't been updated in several years.

He says it will take at least 60 days for commissioners to find a new 911 director.