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Tipton County has new interim 911 Director

There's a new 911 Dispatch Director in Tipton County.

The former director resigned in the wake of harsh criticism and a TBI probe into possible misconduct by the agency's director.

As it stands tonight, 911 Assistant Renne Downing has been appointed interim director.

Tipton County's 911 system serves a number of police and fire departments, as well as several other agencies.

Feelings about the local 911 Dispatch service are mixed following claims the agency's board has not done enough to answers questions about dispatcher training and delayed responses and charges the director used employees to pick up her kids from school and other personal errands.

"I'm sure there's people that's got some doubt about the service right now but I think its still functional," said Tipton County resident Charles Sanders.

At Monday night's Tipton County Commission meeting, 911's board chairman formally announced 911 director Judy Savard Max's resignation.

Board member Jim Harger down played resident's claims the agency has major problems.

"I definitely think that are going forward, I think it's going to be a learning process for everybody, when everything is said and done I think they will take it and find a lot of good out of the negative," said Munford Police Chief Jim Harger.

Harger joined the 911 board last month. He's also Munford's police chief and his office is serviced by Tipton County's 911 system.

Harger declined to comment on the investigation but he thinks when it's finished, it may help answer questions.

But some in the community feel it's important to have those questions answered immediately.

There is no word yet on when the investigation will be finished.

We talked with Tipton County's District Attorney a short while ago. He told us that when the investigation is finished he will decide on the evidence whether to take the case to a grand jury.



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