The ball is now in the court of Napoleon city council, after residents in Napoleon overwhelmingly voted to keep dispatch operations at the police department, instead of combining with the Henry County Sheriff’s office. The unofficial vote tally indicated 877 residents wanted to keep dispatch in the city, while about 400 would rather the city share those duties in a combined dispatch service.
An audit by the state had indicated Napoleon could save as much as $300,000 annually by going with combined dispatch. There were conflicting numbers thrown around at city hall on the issue; but there was no doubt Napoleon would save money by eliminating some dispatch operations at the police department. The question now is where the money for that expense will come from. Former city manager Jon Bisher’s response to that question has been, ‘I’ve always been able to balance the budget in my 16 years with a dispatch service.’