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(4-18-19)At the meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Thursday, April 18, 2019, held at the Berrien County Administration Building, the 9-1-1 Dispatcher of the Year Award was presented. There were thirteen dispatchers nominated for their extra ordinary efforts and abilities while dispatching 9-1-1 calls.

The Winner of Dispatcher of the Year is Nikki Metz from Niles Police Department. She went above and beyond the call of duty to ID a felony counterfeiting suspect. This was a suspect in several Indiana cases as well as Michigan. Without this dispatcher’s diligence and extra effort, the officers would not have been able to help the police department solve multiple felony counterfeiting cases. The suspects were a part of a local ring and secret service is now also involved. She did not have to do all the digging she did, but did anyway

The dispatcher of the Year Award was presented by Jack Fisher from the 9-1-1 Advisory Committee.

The nominees were Christina Grabowski, Sarah Blurton, Serina Elder, Susan Gillespie, Kristina Burks, Amanda Kowalk, Cindy Napier, Christy Casto, Curtis Howard, Ryan Lucker, Doris Horton, Bobbie Evans, Nikki Metz.