MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County 911 dispatcher has been placed on leave pending an investigation into possible criminal charges.
911 Operations Director Laura Webster said Thursday that the employee, a part-time dispatcher, has been placed on administrative leave. The leave is in line with county policy, due to the investigation involving an alleged theft offense and the fact that the dispatch center handles cash for bonds, Webster said.
Webster said the alleged theft offense has to do with the dispatcher’s employment in the private sector. There is no known connection to county property or the 911 center, Webster said.
Because the criminal investigation is ongoing, the News has decided not to disclose the dispatcher’s name unless charges are filed.
Mount Vernon Police Detective Sgt. Beth Marti confirmed that the police have an open investigation in the matter, which is in its early stages.