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Boone County 911 Director Fired

By: Harold Smith
Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013

The Boone County 9-1-1 Director is apparently out of a job.

A memo signed by Judge James Norton informed the County Clerk’s office that the county no longer employed Wayne Shankel effective Thursday.

The memo stated that Shankel failed to file weekly reports and did not show physical progress.

Shankel had been 9-1-1 director in Boone County since May 2011.

Not John - 01/18/2013 9:26:12 AM
weekly reports sounds like micro management and physical progress, what about moving the 911 out of a small room on the backside of the hospital into non used county building and bringing it into the 21st century? sounds like norton wanted an excuse to give a job to a political buddy and mr. shankle was the scapegoat
hummmm - 01/18/2013 1:41:34 PM
You got that right NotJohn! It's just a miracle they can even function considering the circumstances.
Lanthom - 01/18/2013 4:12:05 PM
The office was moved...and all new equipment was put in. That happened a while back. It's in the old Sheriff's Office now. After it was all said and done, they got rid of the guy that made it all happen. Bad move in my opinion. If they don't hire his assistant to take his place I hate to see what will happen...
WHATEVER - 01/20/2013 9:41:14 PM
911 - 01/21/2013 10:04:52 AM
As one who has been on the inside I can assure you that Mr Shankel had very little to do with the 911 PSAP location change. Those wheels were put into motion by the past 911 director Pat Richards, and mostly carried out by Mr. Shankel's assistant. Mr. Shankel had NO experiance in emergency services operations when he was given the job and made no effort to advance his knowledge of emergency services. Any person or agency close to the Boone County 911 office knew this was goint to happen it was just a matter of time.
Some one who knows - 01/22/2013 8:05:21 AM
I remember pat richards and to say she started the move of the call center is in no way shape or form true. she followed the path of least resistance and leaving the call center in that old room with all the old equipment was easy. pat richards heart was in the right place, but she was afraid of technology and change and would not stand up to the bullies. I saw mr shankel at the city councel meeting asking to bring all the addressing into one office to make things right. he was the first person to identify the current problems in boone countys 911 out loud. he was the first person to argue against "it has always been done that way" for the right reasons and not to just make change. perhaps if mr shankel had kept quiet and bowed down under pressure, he would still have a job. I will be watching norton when he fills the hole he created. I hope he puts someone who is not afraid of making things right and isn't a good buddy.
911 - 01/22/2013 11:01:49 AM
Obviously "Some one who knows ", doesn't. Unless you've been involved in the process there is no way you could have any idea the progression of events that transpired to make the current 911 PSAP possible. Any point Mr Shankel put forth was prompted by others. Unless you've heard some of the ludacris ideas Mr Shankel had, his complete lack of understanding of emergency services, his unability to stand up to vendors who wanted to take the easy path in equipping the current 911 PSAP, no knowledge of the operation protocols of Boone County 911, the list goes on and on. Sorry but there is know way you can know.
Anon - 01/22/2013 3:57:34 PM
@911 What exactly do you mean by "someone who as been on the inside"? An employee perhaps? I doubt it.. Because then you would know for a fact that Pat Richards had absolutely nothing to do with that office being moved. She was against it, much as she was against a central dispatch. Pat cared about her employees and I considered her a dear friend, but the comment above me is absolutely correct. She didn't like change, she didn't like technology. She did that job for many years and it was always done a certain way. Change came hard for her. ALL of those changes were pushed by Wayne and his assistant, Tonya. You are correct about one thing though...Tonya did play a big part in it. But credit needs to be given where it's due...and Wayne deserves a lot of credit on this too. They both worked hard to make that move happen. Lord help this county if they don't hire Tonya for that job. Things were just starting to get straightened out...and now if they hire someone in there with no clue what's been happening, we're really going to be in trouble.
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