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Edgar County 911 – It’s never her fault!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On February 12, 2015

Edgar Co. (ECWd)

2011 – Nannette Crippes exposed for dispatchers not being licensed by the state of Illinois for as much as 6 years.

The response then: “It’s poor policing by the Illiniois Department of Public Health for them not letting her know of the lapse”

2015 – Nannette Crippes exposed for the 911 agency not being licensed by the state of Illinois…….EVER.

WTHI TV – Terre Haute News coverage

The response now: “She says the lapse in licensing could also be an issue from the state of Illinois.  I mean we’ve never been fined or said, why isn’t your system licensed by the state people,” Crippes said. “It’s just, there’s no policing it.

The very statute that proved she failed miserably as a 911 Director in 2011 has yet to be put into place as I begged them to do in 2011.

Now after being exposed that they are still not in compliance, it is once again the state’s fault.

 “Poor policing?” – “No policing?”

With these excuses and the acceptance of these excuses by certain 911 board members, is it any wonder things never get fixed with this agency?  At what point does someone stand up and say Ms. Crippes, IT IS YOUR JOB to police these matters as the Director of 911, NOT THE STATE’S! 

As an EMT myself I can tell you, as can any other EMT, it is my responsibility to maintain my license, not the state’s.  They have no obligation to ensure you operate with a license.  Much like your drivers license.  Does the police officer accept the excuse that the state didn’t police the fact your license has expired and let you get away with speeding?

The logic with these people is that of a 5th grader. 


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  • Jack Webb
    Posted at 12:36h, 12 February Reply

    What a ditz !

    Why is she typical of what Edgar County hires, allows, and puts up with – to the detriment of everyone ? Show that woman the door, with the toe of your boot !

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 12:43h, 12 February Reply

      That won’t happen Jack – She will, however, most likely get a pay raise and an increase in her “vehicle allowance” from $500 per month to $750 per month simply for driving to work and back home.

  • mr. geenjeans
    Posted at 13:07h, 12 February Reply

    Didn’t she recently get voted a pay raise? This sort of response from her should make 911 board members question her ability as the acting coordinator. Who is she going to point her finger at if we have a catastrophic event that she’s not prepared for. It would appear to me, the board should start asking some tough questions. At some point, lives may depend on it.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 14:32h, 12 February Reply

      Mr. Greenjeans, they will never question her abilities…what one board member did question, and she questioned it many times, and it was her only question, was who asked the board member to check into this situation. THAT is where their priorities are, WHO is asking the question, NOT how do we fix the problem…

  • sandy gray
    Posted at 13:52h, 12 February Reply

    No darn excuse for her behavior and lack of accountablity. What has she got on board members that they are afraid to tell her to shit or get off the pot. Get rid of her, plus any board members that let her get away with this act of irresponsiblity. This is putting citizens of the county’s lives at risk if the dispatchers can not help you through a crisis.

  • John
    Posted at 17:01h, 12 February Reply

    The dispatchers in Edgar County do not work for the 9-1-1 Board or Crippes. They work for the Sheriff. The 9-1-1 Board contracts with the county for dispatching services. This is not the fault nor the negligence of the 9-1-1 Board or Crippes, nor do they have any liability for this. Filing this license was the Sheriff’s responsibility.

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 18:27h, 12 February Reply

      The dispatchers are under contract with the County and the Sheriff. They are Co-employers. ETSB is the county side of that equation. The Sheriff has no duty what so ever to provide EMS dispatch. That is a statutory duty of ETSB. How ETSB gets that task done has nothing to do with who is responsible for the licensing.

      When you say its not the fault of the 911 board or Crippes that they are not licensed then please explain why the application was sent to the 911 Director? Please explain that? The very director that failed to turn it over to anyone!

      And to humor you, if what you say is true, that it is the Sheriff who is responsible for the license, does that mean Tim Crippes is to blame for this not being done in 2002 when it was mandated?

      Please provide one shred of statutory reference that EMS Dispatching is the Sheriff’s responsibility.

  • franklin
    Posted at 09:06h, 13 February Reply

    As of feb 2012 there were only 3948 Emergency Medical Dispatcher licenses issued Surely that is not all of illinois dispatchers minus edgar countys you might look into calling all the others in the state that are not up to date

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 10:39h, 13 February Reply

      There are 102 counties in the state so not counting any municipal ETSB. If each one had 20 dispatchers the total is 2,040 and we know very few ETSB operations have that many dispatchers south of I-80. Sure Cook county has more than anyone but the point is, your referenced number of almost 4000 EMD licenses issued does not seem out of line as you imply. If you KNOW that number then why not FOIA that yourself? We have plenty on our plate at this time and appreciate others taking steps to ensure accountability.

  • Eric Pratt
    Posted at 16:59h, 13 February Reply

    I do not care who you are or what you do. It is your responsibility to let your boss know when something is not being done when it is part of the overall job.
    “did you water the cows?” “no, the water hasn’t worked for three days.” “WTF?!!!?”
    Not her responsibility. Bull.

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