Dispatchers, town ink contract

Consolidation with county services still on the table

— “I really think it’s only a matter of time,” said Peters.

Clarkson said his goal is to not consolidate until it can be done responsibly and one of his goals would be that none of the Bethlehem dispatchers lose their jobs. However, positions would eventually have to be trimmed somewhere.

“There are efficiencies,” Clarkson said. “They think they can do the job with eight people. We have more than that now here … you attrit down is what you would do.”

Peters, though, does not believe lower staffing is appropriate.

“The county is overwhelmed as it is. If we did go to county the level of service, it would be drastically different and I don’t know what the savings would be,” she said.

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