Lincoln County’s E-911 Trust Authority Board placed its 911 director on a 2-week unpaid leave Friday and will meet again for further discussion in March.


Lincoln County’s E-911 Trust Authority Board placed its 911 director on a 2-week unpaid leave Friday and will meet again for further discussion in March.
The board had an agenda item during its bi-monthly meeting to discuss personnel issues relating to 911 director Joey Wakefield.
Wakefield, 39, was arrested by Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies Feb. 18 on a DUI complaint and a formal misdemeanor charge was filed earlier this week.
The 911 board, along with its attorney, Craig Key, convened in executive session a little more than one hour during the meeting, calling Wakefield in for part of that session.
Upon return to open meeting, Trustee Tim Schook made a motion to place Wakefield “on unpaid leave for two weeks to allow our attorney to further investigate this incident.”
The second was made by Trustee Greg Wilson, with the measure passing unanimously. The board, which wouldn’t normally meet again for two months, scheduled a special meeting for 1 p.m. March 11 to further address this issue.
On Thursday, Lincoln County commissioners also addressed this matter and suspended Wakefield, with pay, from his position as the county’s emergency management director and flood plain manager. That suspension stands until Wakefield’s case can be addressed and resolved in court and the commissioners meet again.
During Friday’s E-911 meeting, the matter regarding Wakefield was last on the agenda. Prior to that point, the meeting was business as usual, with Wakefield conducting regular business and presenting his 911 director’s report to the board.
The authority board, comprised of the city managers from Chandler, Prague and Stroud, also has trustees in areas of law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and emergency management. County commissioner Ricky Taylor also serves as a non-voting member.
Three spectators were in attendance, but none made any citizen comments relating to Wakefield.
While Wakefield is on unpaid leave, Dispatch Supervisor Susie Grandville will oversee the 911 center’s operations, trustees said.
Wakefield’s next court date on the misdemeanor DUI charge is scheduled March 3.
During his suspension as Lincoln County emergency management director, the county’s volunteer assistant emergency management director, Robby Ballard, will assume Wakefield’s duties, although Ballard remains a volunteer and is not being paid by the county.
The DUI incident involving the well-known manager has sparked a movement of support for him on Facebook.
Wakefield, who couldn’t comment on his case Friday, said he plans to make a statement at a future date.
Watch for updates.