911 boss quits over sleep­ing op­er­a­tor

The Columbus Dispatch - - METRO & STATE - By Sheila McLaugh­lin

Call in­volved 2008 bath­tub drown­ing

LE­BANON, Ohio — The di­rec­tor of emer­gency man­age­ment in War­ren County re­signed yes­ter­day in the wake of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his de­par tment af­ter a 911 dis­patcher was ac­cused of sleep­ing just be­fore an­swer­ing a call in a high-pro­file mur­der case.

Frank R. Young, 53, had worked for the county for more than 20 years. His res­ig­na­tion takes ef­fect Tues­day.

Young was not in the of­fice yes­ter­day and could not be reached for com­ment.

His res­ig­na­tion came two days af­ter county of­fi­cials re­vealed that dis­patcher Ron Kro­nen­berger ap­par­ently came out of a sound sleep and wasn’t mak­ing sense when he an­swered the 911 call of Ryan Wid­mer re­por ting his wife Sarah’s drown­ing in their bath­tub in 2008.

Wid­mer was con­victed of mur­der for killing his wife but was granted a new tr ial for rea­sons un­re­lated to Kro­nen­berger’s ac­tions.

County Co mmis­sioner Dave Young, who is not re­lated to Frank Young, was irate this week when he found out that dis­patch­ers might have been sleep­ing on the job and es­pe­cially that the Wid­mer case was in­volved.

He ques­tioned why it took nearly six months for com­mu­ni­ca­tion-cen­ter of­fi­cials to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tion against Kro­nen­berger when it sur faced in a train­ing ses­sion in Apr il.

Frank Young no­ti­fied county Ad­min­is­tra­tor Dave Gully about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in late Au­gust, ac­cord­ing to county records. Com­mis­sion­ers didn’t lear n about it un­til Gully shared a re­por t of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion this week.

“ They told Gully they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing dis­ci­plinar y prob­lems in­side of there, in­clud­ing with Ron Kro­nen­berger. But no one said, ‘And by the way, it re­lates to a mur­der tr ial call,’ ” Dave Young said. Com­mis­sion­ers have since called for hir ing an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to con­duct a man­age­ment re­view of the com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­ter and to in­stall se­cur ity cam­eras at the dis­patch cen­ter.

Gully said Frank Young, who made $ 76,141.26 a year, will be paid about $12,000 for ac­cu­mu­lated sick and va­ca­tion time. The county also has agreed to con­tinue his health and life in­sur­ance ben­e­fits through the end of the year.

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