McCracken County considers different E911 option partnering with KSP

UPDATE: McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper sent this letter to Paducah city leaders about the future of the city-county E911 partnership.

The county decided Monday to continue talks with Kentucky State Police after a last minute offer to potentially move the KSP Graves County dispatch to McCracken.

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler said the city would discuss the letter and the city-county E911 future at their March 8 meeting.

McCracken County leaders are going with a different option.

Paducah city leaders notified the county in December it had until March 1 to decide whether it wanted to continue their city-county E911 agreement or partner with Kentucky State Police. But Monday, county leaders didn’t decide on either option.

County leaders say they need more time to consider a last-minute proposition. Kentucky State Police met with McCracken County leaders about relocating the Kentucky State Police dispatch center from Graves County to McCracken County. McCracken County leaders say it will not only save the county money, but could give better response for those living in the city, the county, and those in surrounding areas.

In terms of cost, McCracken County leaders say it costs $1.6 million a year to operate the city-county E911 center. By partnering with Kentucky State Police with this proposal, county leaders say it could save them $65,000 to $70,000 a year.

The county would have to pay a one-time fee to make the estimated two-year transition. McCracken County leaders tell me they appreciate the city’s deadline, but they need more time to consider this unexpected option.

"We’re going to continue talking to Kentucky State Police. We think the new option of having a 911 center in a different location could give us an opportunity to bring it to McCracken county," McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper says. "If nothing else, we can talk to the other contractees over at the PSAP at the police post and share some of the costs."

County leaders met with Kentucky State Police Friday, so there have not been any talks about where the dispatch center could be housed.

These negotiations do not mean Kentucky State Police Post 1 will move to McCracken County. There’s only discussion over moving the dispatch center. Leeper says he will formally notify the city in writing tomorrow.

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