Jones appointed as interim 911 director

GRAND BLANC TWP.—Genesee County 911 Deputy Director Tim Jones has been tabbed as the interim director for 911 Central Dispatch.

On Sept. 14, the Genesee County 911 Consortium Board approved a 90-day contract for Jones to take over operations at the 911 Dispatch Center, following the resignation of embattled former 911 Director Spring Tremaine.

Although Jones initially turned in a letter of resignation to the county two weeks ago, he later agreed to continue in an interim director position with the dispatch center. For the next 90 days, Jones will be tasked with bringing stability to the center and filling open dispatcher positions as the Consortium conducts an internal investigation into Tremaine’s conduct as the former 911 director.

Tremaine, who is facing a misdemeanor charge stemming from a family dispute, resigned from her post on Aug. 30 and was placed on administrative leave by the Consortium Board until her contract expires on Sept. 30.

Prior to joining 911 in 2016, Jones spent 31 years with the Flint Township Police Department and retired from the force as a lieutenant in 2014.

Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer, who serves as the 911 Consortium chairman, said that the board will likely offer Jones a one or two-year contract to be the full-time 911 director once the investigation into Tremaine is complete.

“Even though Tim turned in his resignation and wasn’t going to renew his contract, he’s expressed that he’s willing to stay on,” Emmendorfer said. “Let’s get through the investigation, make sure everything is clean, and then we can sit down and discuss (an extension).”

James Young, a representative with the union that represents Genesee County dispatchers, said that Jones will bring stable leadership to the 911 center.

“(Jones) has worked with us for a long time and having him there will be mutually beneficial for us,” Young said. “In the past two weeks with the changeover, we’ve already gained one former employee back who left because of the prior director. People want to work for him.”

For his part, Jones said that he is looking forward to helping the center transition into a new era.

“I guarantee you that I won’t abandon the ship,” he told 911 board members. “I’ll be here to work, and I plan to stay for two or two and half more years.”

Emmendorfer said that a committee will be established to search for a new 911 deputy director to fill Jones’ former position.