State treasurer to head 911 celebration March 1

Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell, chair of the Statewide 911 Board, will give an address on the 50th anniversary of the 911 Emergency Services in Indiana Thursday, March 1, at 10:15 a.m. at the Huntington County Public Safety Dispatch Center, 332 E. State St., Huntington.

The family of former Congressman J. Edward Roush will be present, as well as Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel, Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana and Melissa Taylor, dispatch director for the Huntington County Public Safety Dispatch.

On July 1, 2012 Indiana’s new 911 law became effective which established the Statewide 911 Board.  The board is a quasi-state government agency established by IC 36-8-16.7 and operates under the Indiana Treasurer’s Office.  It has statewide jurisdiction over 911 services.  Its chair, by statute, is an elected official - the state treasurer.  The board’s two primary responsibilities include collecting surcharges from all communication service providers and distributing the funding to local units of government, as well as the operation of a statewide public safety ESInet for 911 calls.