Despite objections of county mayor Doyle Arp, Loudon County E-911 is hoping to become an independent organization. The problem arose last year when it was discovered that even though 911 employees had always been considered county employees, state retirement officials determined that they could not be considered county employees for the purpose of retirement funding under the current funding arrangement. 911 would need to come under a department of county government or become an independent agency to continue participation in state retirement.
Arp objected to an independent 911 saying if that happens the county will have no say so on what goes on. Arp also took issue with what he called rumors about EMA Director Gordon Harless taking over 911. However Arp was the one who suggested Harless as the director at an earlier budget meeting.
The question of allowing 911 to go independent will be before commission at their November meeting.
E-911 may become independent
Mary E. Hinds News Herald
Jennifer Estes Director of Loudon County's E-911 system, updated the county commission on the on-going plan to make her agency independent and to collect funds from the cities as well.