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History

In May 1987 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 911 (codified Health & Safety Code, Chapter 772)  to assure that all of Texas' 18.5 million citizens would have access to 9-1-1 emergency telephone service.  From anywhere in the state, dialing the digits "9" "1" "1" would allow callers to reach local emergency services quickly.

The Legislature eventually identified three ways to facilitate the implementation of 9-1-1 throughout the state by establishing:

1.  Emergency Communication Districts
2.  Regional Council of Governments
3.
  "Home-rule" cities 

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In a November 1987 general referendum, the citizens of Ector County created the Emergency Communications District of Ector County.  The District is a governmental entity, separate and distinct from other city and county government, and 9-1-1 jurisdiction which includes all of the city limits of the Cities of Goldsmith and Odessa and all Ector County.  We are funded by a telephone service fee which is applied to the monthly telephone bill.

When it was first created, the District's Board of Managers contracted with the City of Odessa for the administration of the 9-1-1 program.  Odessa had been the first in Texas to offer 9-1-1 service and had done so successfully for 17 years before the District was created so it was assumed that the service could be continued using the same resources. 

As the technical requirements of 9-1-1 service grew and state regulations became more complicated, it became obvious that a full-time staff would be necessary to administer the 9-1-1 system.  In October 1992 the District opened its own office and hired a staff of three.

The purpose of the 9-1-1 system is to deliver emergency telephone calls to public safety agencies.  Thus we are not the telephone company and we are not a public safety agency.   We are a coordinator/facilitator of the 9-1-1 service.  Our job is to:

         1. Make sure your call goes to the correct agency
         2. Make sure the right information is displayed with your call (phone number and location)
         3. Train public safety personnel how to use the 9-1-1 equipment features
         4. Educate the public in “When and How to Use 9-1-1”

We spend a lot of time making sure all the operations comply with federal, state and local regulations.  We strive to provide an effective and efficient 9-1-1 emergency telephone system despite those obstacles.

The monthly service fee for residential wireline telephone and static VoIP subscribers is 51 cents.  Business subscribers pay $1.06 per month.  All wireless and nomadic VoIP telephone subscribers in Texas pay a flat rate of 50 cents per month.

The service fees are used for telephone equipment, public education, and training.  The District also provides support and training to the two public safety communications centers in Ector County - the Odessa Communication Center and the Ector County Sheriff's Office dispatch center.
 
Board of Managers

Chairman:
Bennie Cope, Goldsmith City Manager

Vice-Chairman:
Freddie Gardner, Commissioner - Ector County

Board Secretary:

Timothy Burton, Police Chief - City of Odessa

Member:
Jimmy Ellis, Ector County Volunteer Fire Departments

Member:
Thomas McCain, Ector County Representative

Ex-officio Member:
Dirk Parks, AT&T
 
Members are appointed for  two-year terms:

    * two members by Ector County
    * one member by the City of Odessa
    * one member by the City of Goldsmith
    * one member by the Ector County Volunteer Fire Departments
    * one member by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (non-voting)

Staff

Executive Director:
Kevin Jones, ENP

Operations Manager
Aaron Jones

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanna Olberts

Public Meetings

Regular meetings of the Ector County 9-1-1 District Board of Managers are held on the second Wednesday of every quarter (Jan, April, July, Oct) in the District’s Board Room, Suite 120, Bank of America Building, 700 North Grant Avenue.  Meetings begin at 6:00 PM and are open to the public.

Agendas and schedules are posted at City Hall and at the Court House Annex 72 hours prior.

*NOTE* - Occasionally meetings are re-scheduled due to conflicts.
Please confirm meeting schedules with our administrative assistant at 332-0911.
 


Ector County 9-1-1
700 North Grant Ave.
Suite 100
Odessa, Texas  79761
(432) 332-0911
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