A18 News Blue Mountain Eagle Wednesday, April 13, 2016 JOB Continued from Page A1 Eagle photos/Sean Hart A desk in the John Day Dispatch Center includes a map monitor, a radio monitor, a multi-use monitor, a keyboard, a radio, a telephone and a monitor displaying cameras on the premises. CALL Continued from Page A1 She said, while they take all calls seriously, the ones involving children and babies are particularly heart-break- ing. “You just don’t forget them,” she said. But she said the job has its beneits too. “The best part about the job is that you have the opportu- nity to help someone,” Haney said. “It’s one of the most re- warding jobs I’ve ever had — except for being a wife and mom.” According to Haney, the of- ice usually sees an increased number of calls at different times of year for different rea- sons: summer, for ire season; winter, for weather-related ac- cidents; and county fair in Au- gust, when there are just more people and activities going on in the area. There are ive dispatchers in John Day: Don Speakman, Hoodenpyl has since retired and could not be reached for comment. Myers said he has no negative feelings about gays and lesbians, nor does the county as a public body. He said the county’s policy manual does not specifically mention sex- ual orientation discrimi- nation but that it would be “amended post haste.” He said adding sexual orien- tation to the list of prohib- ited discrimination cate- gories in the manual is on the agenda for the April 13 Grant County Court meeting. In a response to Han- son’s complaint filed with the court, the coun- ty admitted Community Corrections Department Case Aide Roni Hickerson used a derogatory term referring to Hanson’s sex- ual orientation during a meeting that included dis- cussion about applicants for the community ser- vice supervisor position with Hoodenpyl, Juvenile Counselor Cindy Tirico and Parole and Probation Officer James Gravley Dec. 9, 2013. The county maintained, however, the remark did not influence the hiring process. Gravley complained to Hoodenpyl about the vulgar comment the next day. Gravley was fired June 18, 2014, and filed a complaint with the Ore- gon Bureau of Labor and Industries, claiming he had been discriminated against for complaining about the comment. The agency determined there was “substantial evidence to support the allegations of discrimination” against Gravley. Gravley then filed a lawsuit against the coun- ty, which was dismissed in March 2015 when the county agreed to pay $100,000 to settle the case. In response to Grav- ley’s lawsuit, the county said Hanson had previous- ly worked for the county performing juvenile trans- ports and “quit her job af- ter an outburst of anger.” In response to Gravley’s BOLI complaint, My- ers said the group at the Dec. 9, 2013, meeting discussed that Hanson “would not be considered for the position due to this outburst and how she han- dled it.” The map monitor at a desk at the John Day Dispatch Center. This week, April 10-16, is National Public Safety Telecommunications Appreciation Week. Shiela Kowing, Angia Hanni- bal, Kathie Maben and Haney. Valerie Luttrell is the dispatch manager. Luttrell, who started as a dispatcher in 1989, said the The City of Mt. Vernon seeks to fill two vacant positions on their Budget Committee. If you are at least 18 years of age, a qualified City of Mt. Vernon resident for 1 year or more, a registered voter and interested in being a Budget Committee member, applications are available at the Mt. Vernon City Hall. 16th Annual Grant County Q uilt Show Presented by the Grant County Piecemakers Quilting Guild 3 3333 34333 333 3 33333 3333 $5 for both days 9am-6pm 3 3 3 33 33333 3 3 3 3 333 3333 3 333 333 3 3 3 3 33 343333 3 3333333333 3 33 33 33 3 333 33333 3333 33 333 3 3333 3 3 333333 33 333 3333 33333 3 333333333 3 333333333 3 33333 333¡33 33333¢ job can be extremely stressful, going from boredom to terror in seconds as a call comes in. She said dispatchers are the “unsung heroes” between of- icers and the public, and she praised her staff for working through the stress. “We have some really good dispatchers right now, some of the best we’ve ever had,” she said. “They don’t do the job for notoriety but for the love of the job and the satisfaction from helping others.” FLIGHTS they’re willing to pay for tickets, where they want to fly and how frequently they would use the service,” he said. Bentz said locals Continued from Page A1 “We want to know if peo- ple are interested, how much Grant County Judge Scott Myers shouldn’t expect the com- mercial air service available next month, but “at least in the next year.” Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, said regular air service would be a boon to Grant and surrounding counties. “Time and distances are always factors in business decisions, but those issues could become manage- able if passenger and air freight service is available at state airports,” he said. “Imagine how different our business recruitment conversations would be if we could tell potential em- ployers they can rely on scheduled air services for products and people to and from other destinations across the region?” Ferrioli compared fund- ing of rural air service to the financial support the state gives to commut- er rail services in the I-5 corridor. “I’ve been meeting with regional airport managers and economic development partners asking for a fea- sibility study to determine how much it would cost to provide regular, scheduled air service to state airports across all our rural areas,” he said. “If we can do that for rail passengers and freight from Eugene to Port- land, why can’t we do it for small businesses willing to locate in rural Oregon?” PALMER Continued from Page A1 Dispatch manager Valerie Luttrell and Richard Gray both iled complaints against Palmer after the Jan. 26 incident with the Department of Public Safe- ty Standards and Training. The state police licensing agency recommended the complaints be investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice, which has opened an investigation. Boyd said Luttrell’s com- plaints that Palmer “openly shows his support” for the oc- cupiers and “their cause on so- cial media” are false, as is the allegation he was “consorting with” the occupiers. Similarly, he said Richard Gray’s com- plaints that Palmer shows “in- volvement and support” for the occupiers are false. Boyd said both city employ- ees consulted with City Manag- er Peggy Gray before iling the complaints on city letterhead using their oficial email ac- counts. Peggy Gray said the city does not comment on pending litigation. “This will eventually be re- solved in the courtroom — and until there is public resolution, this statement will stand on its own,” she said.