Evaluation recommendations made

TOB forms three-person 911 employee evaluation committee

The Marshall County Communications Commission will have more recommendations to consider at their Feb. 27 meeting after Thursday’s Technical Oversight Board (TOB) meeting.

The TOB unanimously recommended an evaluation process for 911 employees currently working under the communications commission. If passed by the commission next week, 911 operators would be evaluated on the date of their anniversary at the job.

“I would make a motion that we assume the same procedure that was already being done … have them evaluated on their anniversary dates,” said TOB Vice Chairman and State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn.

TOB member and Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said that was how the 911 employees were evaluated when they were City of Marshalltown employees.

Acting 911 Communications Manager Teresa Lang, who is not a TOB member, was in attendance at Thursday’s meeting. She agreed with the motion for evaluations to take place on employees’ anniversaries.

“I think we could just continue doing them that way … we know when their anniversary dates are coming, and we can make sure their evaluations are completed on their anniversary date,” Lang said.

The TOB also recommended evaluation forms for the communications operators, lead communications operator and communications manager positions. They made one addition to the forms in their motion.

“That would be the only change that I would make, in my opinion, would be to add a TOB section for sign-off,” said TOB Chairman and Marshall County Chief Deputy Joel Phillips, adding the 911 salaries and benefits 28E agreement states that the TOB is responsible for basic personnel oversight for the communications center. “We probably should be part of that process for the evaluations, before they’re sent to the actual [Marshall County Communications] Commission for approval.”

In addition to the recommendation that a TOB signature line be added to the evaluation forms, the board also formed a three-person evaluation committee. Bunn and UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown representative Heather Grobe confirmed that they would serve on the committee.

The third committee member will be from the Marshalltown Fire Department. Marshalltown Deputy Fire Chief Chris Cross, who attended and voted in place of Fire Chief David Rierson for Thursday’s meeting, said he would consult with the chief on who should represent the department on the committee.

Additionally, Lang said an item will be added to the Feb. 27 commission meeting agenda related to reviewing and amending the current 28E agreement. Some members of the commission have previously shown disagreement with the implementation of the 28E, which was passed in January.

The next TOB meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22 on the third floor of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, 2369 Jessup Ave. The next Marshall County Communications Commission meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, also on the third floor of the sheriff’s office.

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