October 2, 2014
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.