Friday, September 30th, 2016

Mayor Jeff Scrima opposes emergency call center consolidation

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City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima is opposed to consolidating the city’s 911 call center with the county’s call center. This is a reversal of his position from 2011 and could have budget implications that could prevent the city from have a zero increase in the tax levy.

In an email to Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack from January 11, 2012, with the subject line “solidarity,” Scrima told Jack that he is opposed to consolidating the city’s 911 call center with the county’s call center operation.

I asked Scrima on Thursday the reason for the change in position, and he replied right away,

City of Waukesha families deserve the highest quality in 911 dispatch services, and during this last year after personally experiencing and listening to both sides of the issue, I believe consolidating to the County dispatch would be irresponsible. The City of Waukesha Police Department, by maintaining on-site local control of how and when our police are dispatched, can most effectively protect our families.

This would indicate 911 call center consolidation is dead for now unless the Common Council has the votes to override any potential veto.

The email also indicates that the Downtown Task Force’s work on street closings is pretty much meaningless as long as the question is deferred to the police chief with the support of the mayor.

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