Walton Dispatcher Fired

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

For five months, former 9-1-1 dispatcher Jennifer Tibbs was appealing an evaluation she says was unfair. Now, she's fighting to get her job back.

On February 22, Jennifer Tibbs and two of her colleagues went before the Walton County Commission to talk about problems at the county's 9-1-1 dispatch center.

Six days later, Tibbs received a letter from the county that she no longer had a job.

Jennifer says, "We're supposed to be critical for 9-1-1 dispatchers, so why would you want to let one go that is capable and able and fully certified to work within the room and work with the rest of the 9-1-1 dispatchers?"

She believes her firing was retaliation for her public comments.

EOC Director Ed Baltzley says that's not the case. He says he recommended Tibbs' dismissal after she called in sick because she did not want to work a posted schedule.

Baltzley wrote, "There is no doubt Ms. Tibbs has abused the policy noted. This is just one of the many issues Ms. Tibbs continues to have.”

Tibbs was also reprimanded three times last fall for improper call procedures. Despite her firing, Tibbs remains optimistic things will turn out for the best and does not regret speaking out.

“I know something is going to happen and it’s going to be something positive and the reason why I did what I did is to make it better for people that are going to be hired after me and to ensure that they get the proper training.”

Tibbs says she hopes the County Commission will come to her aid and have her reinstated by this Friday. If not, she says she will look at other options.


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