Belmont County is located on the eastern border of Ohio. Belmont County is bordered by Jefferson and Harrison counties to the north, Guernsey and Noble to the west, and Monroe to the south. The entire east side sits on the Ohio River across from Ohio and Marshall Counties in West Virginia. The county boasts a population of 70,400 residents.
Belmont County 9-1-1
Belmont County 9-1-1 was established in 1995 through funding by a Permissive Sales Tax approved by the voters of Belmont County. Once approved, the task of building the 9-1-1 center, and getting it running, was overseen by the 9-1-1 Governing Board. In this initial phase, the board hired the first 9-1-1 Director, Cliff Sligar. Working together, Director Sligar and the 9-1-1 Board oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art center, which opened it’s doors in 1997. In addition to Director Sligar, one Administrative Assistant and ten full time Dispatchers were hired. Six full time PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points) were also put in place throughout Belmont County, for the towns that wanted to keep their own dispatch operations. Those PSAPs were located in Martins Ferry, Bridgeport, Barnesville, Bellaire, Shadyside, and St. Clairsville.
Director Sligar retired in 2007. On July 1st of that year, Robyn Marshall was promoted to Director. Marshall ended her tenure as Director in January of 2013. Bryan Minder was promoted to the position of Acting Director on December 31, 2012. Minder was then promoted to the permanent Director position on June 18, 2014. Currently Belmont County 9-1-1 employs one Director, one Deputy Director, one Supervisor, one Administrative Assistant, fourteen full time Dispatchers, and six part time Dispatchers. The Center now dispatches for 13 law enforcement agencies (including the Sheriff’s Department), 25 fire and EMS departments, and various other County agencies. Only two of the original six PSAPs remain (St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry) due to budget cuts in those other towns. The 9-1-1 Center has expanded to take over those duties of the forgone PSAPs.
Currently, Belmont County 9-1-1 continues to grow with the times. New technology improvements and upgrades to the system are on-going. The dispatchers and staff strive to be a reliable resource for the residents of Belmont County who are in need of emergency help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.