Marshall county fiscal court

Marshall County Fiscal Court / via Facebook

The Marshall County Fiscal Court on Monday responded to a petition circulated by county first responders last week which expressed ‘no confidence’ in Marshall County E-911 Director Chris Freeman. The press release issued by the Marshall County Attorney’s Office states in part, “If and/or when any substantive evidence is properly presented, the Marshall County Fiscal Court will of course address the issue accordingly.”

Rachel Collins / WKMS

 

Representatives of Marshall County’s first responder community say they want the public at large to know about the petition of ‘no confidence’ in Marshall County E-911 Director Chris Freeman for two main reasons. On one hand, they’re concerned first responder agencies from neighboring counties may agree to join in a regional dispatching facility unaware of the existing safety issues. On the other hand, they say the existing issues put both first responders and the community at large at risk. 

Marshall County Sheriff's Office

This story has been updated with a correction notice.

The Marshall County E-911 Department is working to maintain access to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database after a change to the department’s classification sparked debate on whether the 911 program is properly credentialed to continue using the service. 

Dalton York / WKMS

A months-long debate concerning the funding of Marshall County’s school resource officers came to a close Tuesday after the county fiscal court approved a budget that keeps the SRO program under the authority of the sheriff’s department. 

Dalton York / WKMS

The Marshall County Fiscal Court unanimously approved an amended Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget Friday, with further financial discussion set for June 30 as the court debates how to bridge financial constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dalton York / WKMS

A western Kentucky county where a deadly 2018 high school shooting claimed the lives of two students is continuing to debate the funding of school resource officers (SROs). 

Marshall County Sheriffs Office

Many people in Marshall County are expressing frustration with the county judge-executive’s proposed plan to make significant school security changes. An online petition opposing the plan garnered more than 2,000 signatures in less than a week, and organizers have planned to stage a protest outside the county courthouse June 16. 

Screenshot / Commissioner Justin Lamb

A Confederate flag installed on the grounds of the Marshall County courthouse is drawing nationwide attention after the flag was raised without a vote from the county’s Fiscal Court.

Marilyn Linsey Shrewsbury, attorney representing Hanson / Nelson, McDonald & Shrewsbury

A former E-911 dispatcher has filed a lawsuit against Marshall County Fiscal Court and Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal alleging county officials knew as early March 19 that its dispatchers were potentially exposed to COVID-19 but took no action until March 24.

Screenshot Marshall County Fiscal Court Facebook Page

The Marshall County Fiscal Court Facebook page recently published a statement on behalf of Marshall County E-911 Director Chris Freeman. The statement was issued in response to the allegations made by a former employee, Maranda Hanson, reported in a WKMS article published on April 1.

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