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The City of Springfield has named Zim Schwartze as the new director of Emergency Communications for the Springfield/Greene County area. She previously served 20 years central Missouri. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
Schwartze will manage the activities of the department, dispatching help from the 21 emergency response agencies. Last year, the dispatchers at the Springfield/ Greene County Emergency Communications center received 239,074 emergency 911 calls.
“Zim is actually from Columbia, where she served as the director of not only their 911 services there but also emergency management. She has an extensive background in law enforcement as well. She comes to us highly qualified and is a dynamic person,” says City Spokeswoman Cora Scott.
Emergency Communication receives at least 20,000 calls every month. According to current Interim director, J.R. Webb, calls will surely increase around the holidays due to a higher number of thefts in homes and cars.
Schwartze will begin serving as director of Emergency Communications around mid-January.
For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers.