Centralia Police Chief: 911 Study Could Be Done in February or March

By The Chronicle

A six-month study on the feasibility of Centralia, Chehalis and the Riverside Fire Authority forming an independent 911 communications center is scheduled to be finished in February or March, Centralia Police Chief Carl Nielsen told the Centralia City Council Tuesday evening. 

“I like where we’re at,” Nielsen said. 

In late June, the Chehalis and Centralia city councils and the Riverside Fire Authority board voted to split the cost for a $46,000 study by ADCOMM Engineering to determine if the three groups could afford to start their own dispatch center. 

The move was precipitated by about two years of dissatisfaction expressed by the agencies with the management of Lewis County’s 911 Communications Center.

The study is progressing as expected, Nielsen said. He said he and the other two agencies are currently working to answer questions from ADCOMM. 

“The ball’s back in our court,” Nielsen said. 

In the meantime, the three agencies and others in Lewis County have been working with the county to update an interlocal agreement for 911 services. 

County Emergency Services Director Steve Mansfield told the Board of County Commissioners last week that he expected the new agreement to be finalized around the first of the year.