Sheriff asks to fill chief dispatcher position

NORWICH – Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting did what was anticipated: He asked lawmakers to refill the chief dispatcher position that was left vacant with passage of the 2011 county budget.

The county’s safety and rules committee last week referred the matter of funding the position onto the committee in charge of finance, which meets for the first time this year on Feb. 3.

Lawmakers debated whether the position should have been included within the 2011 budget in the first place. Chenango County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard B. Decker caused the vacancy when he appointed former chief dispatcher Matthew Beckwith to head the fire and emergency services department.

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