ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Acting upon the recommendation of Human Resources Manager Christine Palmer, Belmont County commissioners voted unanimously to terminate the employment of 911 Director Robyn Marshall. According to a release from the board, Palmer's recommendation arose from an investigation which determined that Marshall had disciplined a dispatcher in violation of a prior determination by the commissioners that discipline was not warranted.
Bryan Minder will continue in the role as acting director until the commissioners appoint a permanent replacement.
On Dec. 31, Marshall was placed on administrative leave. Minder has since served as acting director.
According to commissioners, during an emergency situation parents brought a small child in need of treatment to the center. However, the site is solely a dispatch center without ambulances or medical supplies. Many of the dispatchers on site are paramedics or emergency medical technicians and sometimes bring their own supplies or equipment.
The parents arrived and asked for help and to contact Cumberland Trail Fire Department. The supervisor asked the dispatcher to render any possible aid until the squad arrived. They went on to the hospital, but the child passed away.
Commissioner Charles R. Probst, Jr. added that the situation was tragic and the dispatcher had merely obeyed orders.
Commissioners noted that 911 serves one of the most critical functions in county government. The board assured the residents that the same services will continue to be provided to them.
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