Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  


Photo Archives from Click here for more photos.

Experience Counts. Knowledge Counts: Dispatcher Joe Collins

2014-03-12 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Dispatcher Joe Collins was cited at the Adair County Fiscal Court, Tuesday night, March 11, 2014, as the man who is 911. Adair County Fire Chief Mike Glasgow, speaking passionately about improving 911 Services, told the court that Collins knows the county, knows how to guide first responders to their destination, and scolded the court for not adequately paying mature dispatchers enough. CJE Ann Melton and the court agreed to revisit the pay scale for 911 dispatchers. Collins was recently rehired at $9/per hour, far less than the $10.80 he was making in 2005 and far below comparable dispatcher pay in Taylor County. Judge Melton noted that the 911 budget has been hit hard by the reduction in land lines and the failure of the Kentucky legislature to, as yet, enact a bill which would add 911 fees to cell phones, and by the failure of the Adair County EMS, a taxing district to support the service, and most of all of the total absence of financial help from the City of Columbia. "The City contributed $50,000 per year back when the 911 center was in the Adair County Jail," she said, "and now," she said, "they contribute nothing."

Read More... | Permalink | Comments?

If you have photos you'd like to share with ColumbiaMagazine readers, please email .jpg files to Please include your name, an email address or phone number, the date the photo was taken, and the location and names of anyone in the photos.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.