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Gary Grasso named chairman of DuPage County emergency phone system

Gary Grasso | Sun-Times Media file photo
Gary Grasso | Sun-Times Media file photo

County Board member Gary Grasso, R-3rd, was appointed by the DuPage County Board to serve as the new chairman of the DuPage Emergency Telephone System Board.

County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said Grasso will work directly with the county and municipalities on the delivery of enhanced 911 services for DuPage County.

“It is important that we have someone at the helm of Emergency Telephone System Board who has an extensive knowledge of public safety,” Cronin said. “Through his experience as the mayor of Burr Ridge, Gary has a great understanding of how police, fire and first responders use public safety communications on a daily basis. He will utilize this unique perspective to enhance our 911 systems based on recent changes in Illinois law.”

Grasso plans to continue the consolidation efforts that began five years ago of the public safety answering points. At the time, Emergency Telephone System Board had 18 public safety answering points that answered 911 calls. Through consolidation, the county now has eight public safety answering points.

While serving as mayor, Grasso was also a member of the Burr Ridge Emergency Telephone System Board.

Grasso fills the vacancy created by JR McBride.

DuPage Emergency Telephone System Board is made up of 10 board members from the DuPage County Board, DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, DuPage Fire Chief’s Association, DuPage Chief of Police Association, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, DuPage Public Safety Communications, one emergency services representative and one citizen representative.

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