I am indeed alive...barely. It's been an eyeopening and difficult month (which I think is the time lapse between my last post and this one).
I'm making the incredibly difficult decision to move on to another agency within the county. The issues which have arisen over the past 3 months have prompted much thinking and now change.
I'm going to spare you the bloody details, but rest assured they are indeed unhappy in nature.
Little or no days off, a return of the 'good ole boy' system and just too much ignorance has finally pushed me to the point of no return.
I don't claim to know it all, but I've ran this center for the last three months since our supervisor became ill. Subsequently, I've worked enough hours for four people, fought to keep officers out of dispatch (unsuccessfully), pushed to hire experienced dispatchers in an expedient manner (also unsuccessfully) and passed over for a friend of the administration with less than 3 months of dispatch experience for the supervisors position.
I'm leaving for the county communications center, gaining a substantial pay raise and less responsibility. It wasn't a snap decision, but it did all happen rather quickly.
I'm looking forward to this new agency and to learn more...and maybe get over being so bitter :) (just kidding)