Union and city leaders talk logistics in dispatch merger

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The union representing dispatch workers in Trumbull County met with Warren city leaders Friday to discuss a possible merger of Warren dispatch with the Trumbull County 911 Center.

Officials said they discussed what challenges lie ahead if the city loses its own dispatch center. Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said talks are still preliminary and nothing has been decided.

“Things like safety equipment compatibility were discussed today,” Cantalamessa said. “It was a general discussion at first with a little more specifics today.”

Attorney Dan Leffler, with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said this was the first opportunity city leaders have had to see any type of agreement between the county and the city.

“They have to review it. Still, it is my understanding that it will go before city council for final approval, but every indication we have is that it looks like it is going forward,” Leffler said.

Eight Warren dispatchers would be able to take jobs with the county, but they would be paid $3 less an hour.

Nearly four dozen police and fire departments in Trumbull County use the county’s 911 center.

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