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Dispatch contract survives police outsourcing

Menlo Park may fulfill contract until 2011

When the San Carlos City Council voted Sept. 2 to dissolve its police force in favor of contracting with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, questions arose regarding the fate of Menlo Park's contract to provide emergency dispatch services to San Carlos.

It turns out the contract remains viable. According to Glen Rojas, city manager for Menlo Park, San Carlos has agreed to let the $698,500 contract run its full term until November 2011.

"All of our dispatch personnel are extremely dedicated and professional and have been displaying that work ethic throughout the process," Mr. Rojas said. "San Carlos has been very cooperative and respectful of the impacts to the dispatchers that are impacted by their actions to go with the county sheriff."

Even though Menlo Park could fulfill the contract, the city manager said staff will consider other options during the next week. One alternative is to allow San Mateo County to absorb the dispatch duties.

"We are working with our dispatchers to determine the pros and cons of each alternative from the organization perspective as well as the employees. Our goal is to be fair to our employees while protecting the interests of the city," said Mr. Rojas.

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