Brookhaven City Council has voted to join the private 911 authority known as ChatComm.

Brookhaven’s police chief and city manager recommended the move at a March 25 meeting, saying it would improve police response times and improve safety for police officers. The council voted 3-1 to approve an agreement with ChatComm. Councilman Jim Eyre voted against it because he felt potential delays in transferring fire and emergency calls needed more consideration.

“I don’t know that we have fully vetted the issues,” Eyre said. “While they are the minority of calls, they are the most life threatening.”

Currently, DeKalb County dispatches Brookhaven’s emergency calls. Brookhaven will become the fourth city to join the Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, or ChatComm, which is owned by Sandy Springs and Johns Creek and operated by iXP Corporation. The city of Dunwoody uses the 911 authority as well.

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