To the Editor:
I read with interest that the city of Worthington is recommending 911 dispatching be done through Dublin's Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center.
As a longtime Worthington resident with a background in government finance and involvement with local issues through various volunteer activities, including my current role as an Old Worthington Association board member, I am, first and foremost, concerned that any changes to 911 services maintain and enhance public safety.
After talking with city officials and after reading related materials, I am convinced the city of Worthington is advancing a sensible idea that, if implemented effectively, will be a win-win for citizens because it will improve public service and public safety and, over time, will save tax dollars.
Importantly, my perspective aligns with the view of Worthington's public-safety leaders who also don't want to simply outsource Worthington's public-safety services to the lowest bidder. Instead of outsourcing, the proposed collaborative model will have the Worthington Division of Police and the Worthington Division of Fire & EMS continuing to respond to calls just as they do today. In fact, they say residents can expect the same level of service, or even better service, through slightly faster response times as a result of the change.
I look forward to further discussion through the various public meetings and via ThisWeek before Worthington Council acts upon staff recommendations. I am, however, confident that Worthington's citizens will be well-served by this proposed change in 911-service delivery.