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Sheriff Hagen appointed interim-911 Coordinator

A special meeting of the Iroquois County Board 9-1-1 (Friday) seated Sheriff Derek Hagen as interim 911 Coordinator. Hagen will temporarily serve while the Emergency Telephone Service Board (ETSB) advertises for a permanent replacement of long-time coordinator Nita Dubble.
Dubble retired effective Friday.

Hagen told a limited number of ETSB board members despite the absence of Nita Dubble, emergency operations are in good hands. He complimented the experience of assistant 9-1-1 coordinator Sandy Drake and the experienced tele-communicators. Hagen said he’ll rely on their knowledge in maintaining a smooth transition.

There was question about whether the special meeting met quorum requirements, in that, just three of six members were present ? Two of the three voting on Hagen’s appointment are themselves new members of the 911 board, appointed just recently by County Board Chairman John Shure.

Joel Moore and Warren Weber, both active in fire and EMS, fill vacancies after sudden resignations from Ryan Brault and Vern Grohler. There is still one seat to fill on the 6-person board.

County board member Chad McGinnis questioned if the special meeting was legal in that, just three members were in attendance ? Despite the concern-raised, new board members Moore and Warren made the motions to appoint Hagen.
The meeting was chaired by Charlie Alt.

County Board member Sherry Johnson also pointed out, that had such a questionable meeting with lack of a quorum been called while former coordinator Dubble was serving, this same group of people would be throwing a fit, calling it illegal. Johnson said it’s more of the same, “you’re starting off on a bad foot.”

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Electronic-sniffing dog nabs Watseka man for child porn

A Watseka man is facing 3-counts of possession of child pornography after his arrest early Thursday.  52-yr-old Earl Norris is in custody and may may face more charges, according to Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine.

A two-month investigation by Watseka Police, the Will County State's Attorney's office and Illinois Attorney General led to the Norris arrest.  A search warrant was issued at a residence after Illinois' only electronic sniffing dog --Cache -- discovered the illegal downloading of child porn in the Watseka area.

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Missing Person: 15-yr-old Diamond Kohl of Gilman

Gilman Police have issued a missing person report for 15-year-old Diamond Kohl. The teen may be with 20-year-old Bailey Caldwell, a white male. Anyone knowing of their whereabouts is asked to call Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police at 815-432-4918.

Diamond Kohl was last seen by her mother on Friday, July 28. She is approx. 5-2, 135 pounds, brown hair (that may be colored), brown eyes, and a light complexion. Diamond was carrying a big blue duffle bag. He family says she may be in the Chicago area and may have traveled into Michigan.

Bailey Caldwell is a 20-year-old male, white...5-5, 120 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes and light complexion. There was no known vehicle description.

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Iroquois firefighters pay respects to retiring 9-1-1 coordinator, Nita Dubble

There’s been differences of opinions over the years, but professionalism is what emergency response is all about. And in Iroquois County, respect is part of the family of those who answer the calls.

The matriarch of that family is Nita Dubble – who’s carried the torch for so many emergency responders over a 38-year career. The 9-1-1 coordinator steps aside today (Friday) – retirement has come calling. But Nita is quick to recognize and say how proud she is of the ‘heart’ of the emergency response family that makes it all work .......

Sheriff Derek Hagen will assume the 9-1-1 coordinator’s post on an interim basis. Dubble’s assistant Sandy Drake will assume additional responsibilities. And the professional, dedicated dispatchers will carry on. Sheriff Hagen says the radio operators are all ‘experienced and qualified.” He says though, Dubble’s expertise and knowledge of the people under that emergency umbrella ‘will be missed.’

Nita Dubble transitioned from the State’s Attorney’s office to the radio room at the sheriff’s office, then took on the added role of a then-struggling 9-1-1 system trying to get off the ground......

Dubble’s priorities came into play in 2012 when a tornado hit her home. But she was quick to get to the 9-1-1 Center, first, to tend to the county’s needs before focusing on her own situation at home. Getting the county’s 9-1-1 system online was a Nita priority that came to be.

Now, Next Generation 9-1-1 is the newest technology that Iroquois County is ready for; and the knowledge of the ETSB Board is a must.........

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Iroquois County sets special meeting date for 9-1-1

Iroquois County Sheriff Derek Hagen says the county’s emergency 9-1-1 system will be in good hands moving forward, after veteran Coordinator Nita Dubble retires.

The sheriff told the Judicial & Public Safety committee (Wed) “the 9-1-1 center will continue operations as usual.” He said the center is staffed with “experienced and qualified dispatchers” who are capable and knowledgeable.

Hagen added, Dubble’s expertise and years of experience will be missed.

Dubble ends a 30-plus year career in professional communications Friday. She’s not only coordinator of the 9-1-1 center, but also an experienced tele-communicator herself who provides training at the state level.

Assistant 9-1-1 coordinator Sandy Drake is expected to take on added responsibilities.

Sheriff Hagen, it’s been suggested, could be named interim-coordinator of the ETSB Board while a search gets underway for Dubble’s replacement.

A special 9-1-1 meeting has been called for Friday. The 10 am meeting is scheduled for the Highway Department.

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