New Clark County 911 call center could save millions

Current Clark County 911 call center. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — A new 911 communications center is in the works, according to Clark County Commissioners.

Currently, when you dial 911 in Clark County, you’re immediately asked if the call is for city or county. That’s because Springfield and Clark County have two separate call centers.

A new $3 million project could change that.

The project boasts an upgrade to the center’s GPS system. According to Commissioner John Detrick, a new combined center is overdue.

“It’s not bad, but it can become more efficient. If we combine the city and the county, there will be some consolidation advantages where we’ll be able to serve the public quicker.”

According to Detrick, Clark County receives a share of Ohio’s casino revenues. That money will then be used to fund part of the communications center.

“But the long range payments on this for debt service over the next five years grow in year three through five.”

He says the commissioners are trying to keep the costs down for tax-payers.

The new call center will move from its current location to the Armory on West High Street. If all goes according to schedule, the new combined call center could be operational by 2015.

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