LYNWOOD | On Tuesday, the Lynwood Village Board unanimously approved hiring a new full-time 911 coordinator.
Joshua Watson joined the Lynwood ranks effective Jan. 14. He was recommended for the position by Police Chief Michael Mears.
“Josh brings a wealth of experience as a 911 coordinator,” Mears said. “He also has a lot of experience working with municipalities on their 911 systems. It is a very good fit for our village.”
Watson replaces Michael Lusk, who was hired as a full-time police officer in Lynwood last month.
The 911 coordinator is a full-time position that reports directly to Mears.
The board also adopted an ordinance to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Lansing regarding the 911 systems.
The villages will back up each other in case either system is down.
“It’s critical that we have a solid backup plan to make sure our 911 system can always serve its residents, even if we have server issues,” Mears said. “We have had an agreement with Lansing for several years, and it has always served us well.”
In other village news, the board adopted an ordinance on prevailing wages.
Any company working within and/or for the village must adhere to the state prevailing wage for construction and public workers.
The board also approved a motion to enter into an agreement with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association.
The agreement will cost $536,407. In return, the League will provide general liability, auto liability, workers' compensation and property insurance for all of the village’s liabilities.
The cost is 1.5 percent less than last year.