911 Operator Fired For Sleeping On The Job

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Dickinson County, Iowa sheriff has fired a 911 dispatcher caught sleeping on the job twice in three months.

A legal ruling just released indicates Marianne Lynch was found sleeping in a blanket on November 5th while she was working the overnight shift at the county communications center.

Lynch slept through phone calls, radio inquiries and intercom messages from a jail employee and other officer communications, though none involved emergency situations.

Sheriff Greg Baloun fired Lynch, who had been given a five-day suspension for on-the-job sleeping in August. The communications center in Spirit Lake handles calls for police, fire and ambulance service for municipalities in Dickinson County. Lynch had worked there since January 2009.

A judge denied Lynch's application for unemployment benefits.


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