Stow City Council hires dispatch coordinator, hears citizen concerns

Stow City Council voted to hire a new dispatch coordinator and heard the concerns of citizens at their Thursday evening meeting.

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The new coordinator, Danielle Morgan, will manage 13 full-time and five part-time dispatchers. The dispatch covers a small region including the cities of Stow and Tallmadge, the village of Mogadore and Randolph Township.

“To be a dispatcher, you have to be a huge multitasker,” said Stow mayor Sara Kline. “You have to be able to remain calm in high-stress situations.”

City council also passed an ordinance that set the dispatcher coordinator’s pay at an hourly rate of $29.89.

Stow Police Chief Jeffrey Film said Morgan was a good candidate because she had a lot of past experience as a supervisor.

“I’m very excited to make that phone call to her,” he said, “and get her as part of our staff.”

Morgan will begin on February 26, and will take over for the two police and one fire department supervisors that have been overseeing the dispatcher since the previouscoordinator left in the fall.

Other notable business included a new case-management system that Law Director Amber Zibritosky said she was happy about.

“As of Wednesday — that was our official go-live day — we are really, really close to getting everything to where we’re just on tablets at court,” she said.

Kline also brought attention to a citizen-organized event set to take place Sunday at 2 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to wear maroon and gold to show city pride for a walk around city hall promoting ideals of peace and tolerance and to show Stow is a welcoming community.

“There’s never a bad time or a bad reason to support those types of ideals,” Kline said.

During the public comment portion Stow resident Jeremy McIntire said he was concerned about the size of the proposed entertainment district, which would include his property.

“Why encompass this area that’s unnecessary?” he said. “I just don’t see the need for it.”

Kline expressed her interest in meeting individually with McIntire for an opportunity to address his concerns in a conversational setting the city council meeting could not provide.

There will be a public hearing on the district February 22 at 8 p.m.

Also during the public portion, Craig Schubert of Hudson announced his run for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 37th district. Schubert was formerly a journalist and identifies as a Republican.