Call is out for new 911 boss

The process has already begun to find a new coordinator to oversee Garvin County's 911 emergency dispatch service.

That came earlier this week as Steve Bratcher has submitted his resignation, effective next week, after serving in the post for nearly five years.

Bratcher informed all three Garvin County commissioners he's leaving to accept a job with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

He said his new job will be working with businesses in a 10-county region that includes Garvin County to help them maximize any incentives offered by the state.

Sheriff Larry Rhodes says Bratcher has helped during his tenure to take the countywide 911 service to the next level with all the changing technology.

“That center became a fully functioning dispatch center with the latest 911 tech,” Rhodes said.

“He's leaving it in good shape. I want to thank him. He's got it where you guys should feel pretty comfortable moving forward.”

During a meeting earlier this week all three Garvin County commissioners held a closed-door executive session to discuss the development and to see what they needed to do next.

“We will accept applications for 911 coordinator. We will advertise it and accept the applications,” District 2 Commissioner Gary Ayers said.

Bratcher, who grew up in Pauls Valley and graduated from PVHS in 1991, worked as a dispatcher himself before taking the coordinator's job back in August 2014.

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