Pocahontas County Sheriff, Police Chief in Communications Dispute
An area police chief has been cut off from emergency dispatch communications following a dispute with a county sheriff over the proper response protocol for emergency calls. Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe recently issued a memorandum that says employees should not communicate with Fonda Police Chief Alex Leu on radio traffic. Leu posted about the situation on the city Facebook page for Fonda. He listed his city-issued cellphone number with the post. Lampe says Leu is not authorized to respond to emergency medical calls outside of city limits. Leu, who is a state-certified emergency medical technician, disputes that. He says he can often get to a scene quicker than a county deputy.