Johnson County consolidates emergency departments

The Board of Johnson County Commissioners unanimously approved a new county department at their regular meeting last Thursday, Oct. 13. The new Johnson County Department of Emergency Management and Communications will be an umbrella department for emergency management and emergency communications.

The new department consolidates the former Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security with the Department of Emergency Communications and is expected to save approximately $93K in the county’s proposed 2013 Budget, according to a press release regarding the change. The release states that no employees of the county will be laid off as a result of the consolidation but that the money will be saved through changes in staffing and not filling a vacant position.

“The goal of merging the two departments is to partner together to provide more efficient, cost-effective emergency service and communications to Johnson County citizens and to other public safety agencies in Johnson County,” said County Manager Hannes Zacharias . “It’s a win-win change in streamlining our operations.”


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