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Steuben tries to ease fears of 911 call crisis

The Steuben County commissioners had a special meeting Monday to assure county employees and residents that there was no crisis with the county’s 911 call center, as alleged by city and county law officers last week.

Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer, Angola Police Chief Stu Hamblen and Prosecutor Michael Hess want the commissioners to relinquish control and turn the center back over to the sheriff’s department. Troyer said the commissioners – who manage the center – have done nothing to resolve a critical lack of manpower, direction and resources that place the public in a potentially dangerous situation.

The meeting was attended by county employees, including members of the sheriff’s, police and fire departments. The administrative jurisdiction of the 911 center will be discussed at 9 a.m. Monday, Commissioners President Ronald Smith said.