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Montgomery dispatchers in line for $10K bonus

Updated: April 8, 2013 7:46AM

MONTGOMERY — The six remaining dispatchers in the village’s emergency dispatch center are now eligible for up to a $10,000 bonus when the center closes later this summer.

Trustees unanimously approved the bonus plan at a special Village Board meeting Tuesday night.

The bonus is intended to entice dispatchers to stay until the village turns to Kendall County for dispatch service.

Montgomery handles emergency calls for the village Police Department, Montgomery Countryside Fire Protection District, Aurora Township Fire Protection District, Waubonsee Community College, and police and fire calls for Sugar Grove.

Sugar Grove recently notified Montgomery it is switching to the TriCom Central Dispatch center.

Sugar Grove’s departure would mean a $200,000 revenue loss for Montgomery. Rather than absorb that loss, Montgomery would close its center and sign on with the KenCom emergency dispatch system in Kendall County.

“We are required to give a six-month written notice” to the dispatchers who would lose their jobs, said Jeff Zoephel, acting village administrator.

“We are going to be sending notices out this week. We have verbally talked to them so it will be around Labor Day,” he said regarding when Montgomery may move to the KenCom system.

Numerous residents and village officials said they were concerned about the fate of the dispatchers, calling them a loyal group that needs to be rewarded for their service.

“We would like to have control but a lot of the cities are going to a regional service for liability issues and easier communications,” said Trustee Denny Lee.

He said dispatchers are needed in several communities in the region and is hopeful all of Montgomery’s dispatchers will find jobs.

In order to be eligible for the bonus, the employee must remain in the dispatch position until given a two-week notice from the village. Zoephel said any dispatchers who simply leave their position, including if they take a similar position with another dispatching center, would not be eligible for the bonus.

Zoephel said the village has a few open spots that may be offered to the dispatchers. If they stay in their current position until the center closes but take another position with the village, they would receive a $5,000 bonus. If they remain active as a dispatcher until the service closes and then leave, they will receive a $10,000 bonus.

Lee said the village also hopes to have two dispatchers who would remain at the police department to answer non-emergency calls 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. He said the job description for records clerk would include answering some of those non-emergency calls.

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