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A plan to break the Cowlitz 911 Center into a separate agency is on its way to the county commissioners for approval.

At a joint meeting Wednesday, the County 911 Council and E-Board unanimously agreed to ask the commissioners to create a separate 911 public development authority.

Commissioner Joe Gardner said commissioners will hold a yet-to-be-scheduled public workshop on the plan next week. Police, fire and other user agencies are expected to endorse the plan.

The plan would create a new 911 authority governed by a nine-person board. The board would be made up of the city managers of Kelso and Longview, a county commissioner, the sheriff, a Longview City Council member, a police chief or fire chief from Longview (they’ll switch every two years), a representative appointed by non-Sheriff/Longview police chiefs, a representative from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, and representatives from the other fire districts.  

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