Veteran LeeCo Dispatcher Put Others At-Risk

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa emergency dispatcher has resigned after her agency said she mishandled calls for service, was caught sleeping on duty and accessed police databases improperly.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show Lee County dispatcher LeAnn Wellman failed to notify police when she dispatched fire officials to a boiler fire at a Fort Madison preschool last year, hindering the response.

In November, ambulance workers had to break a home owner’s window to respond to a health check after Wellman failed to give them a door access code. Wellman also used a state database to look up driver’s licenses photos of acquaintances out of curiosity.

After drafting a termination notice, the county let Wellman resign Dec. 23. A judge ruled last month that she’s eligible for unemployment benefits.

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