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Today, Communications Supervisor Stephen E. Griffin, Jr., has worked his last shift

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  • Today, Communications Supervisor Stephen E. Griffin, Jr., has worked his last shift

    Today, Communications Supervisor Stephen E. Griffin, Jr., has worked his last shift in our 9-1-1 Communications Center retires with a combination of over 31 years of public service!

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    Steve has been a member of the Department of Public Safety (formerly the Office of Emergency Services) since 1987, and as he retired at the end of his shift today, he has over 31 years of combined service to the County of Washington serving in Public Safety. Steve's dedication to the safety and security of those we serve is second to none and he will be missed by our Public Safety family, many of our partners on the other end of the radio and many in the community who have been on the receiving end of life-saving services that Steve had a hand in.

    Serving in 9-1-1 Communications in today's world is much different than Steve's early days, the duties formally encompassed answering a few phones and radios to now having every element of the job encompassed by cutting edge technology and computers. Today the 9-1-1 Center manages Public Safety communications services for 35 Fire companies, 10 EMS agencies, a combination of 10 Law Enforcement agencies as well as all of the DPW, Social Services, Public Health, Code Enforcement and other Public Service agencies in need of assistance. The center and our staff are responsible for answering emergency and non-emergency calls on 33 different phone lines and managing radio communications on 19 different radio system resources, as well as seeing quite an increase in the amount of field units we communicate with. Steve was a leader in many of our advancements throughout the years in operations and technology, coordination with our field partners, and providing essential access to public safety services for those in need throughout his tour of duty.

    Steve has risen through the ranks throughout his years with the county serving as a Communications Officer, Communications Training Officer, Communications Supervisor and formerly as the Assistant Director of Emergency Services, also serving as a member of the New York State 911 Coordinators Association​ and the New York State Emergency Management Association!

    We are thankful for the many years of service Steve has dedicated to those we serve, our office and the county. We wish him well in retirement. Thank you for your service, dedication and friendship Steve, congratulations and enjoy your well deserved retirement!

    In case you missed Steve's official "sign off" this evening he shared a special message for you all, listen here:

    the Public Safety Team

    Timothy R. Hardy

    Deputy Director