1. How many employees are within the Communications Center?

There are fourteen budgeted employees in the Communications Center. One Communications Lieutenant, four Dispatch Leads and nine Dispatchers/Senior Dispatchers.

2. Who does this position report to?

This position reports to the Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police. This is an administration position and will be part of the Management Team within the Hays Police Department.

3. Who does the Communications Center dispatch for?

This is the sole Communications Center for all of Ellis County, the Communication Center handles all administrative, non-emergency & 911 calls for four law enforcement agencies, four fire service agencies, Ellis County EMS, & Animal Control.

4. Can you tell me about the community of Hays?

HaRace Cars at Speedway Opens in new windowys, Kansas (pop. 20,500), is a university community serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, arts, & recreation for the western half of Kansas - serving a population of nearly 100,000. This progressive community is recognized among the top Kansas cities in entertainment, health, arts, & culture.

Hays is home to Fort Hays State University (FHSU), a regional comprehensive university with over 13,000 studenFHSU Opens in new windowts, known for its innovation & entrepreneurship.  FHSU is the fastest growing university in the Kansas Regents system. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus is home to the Encore Series, the Hays Symphony, & other national & world caliber performances. 

Hays Medical Center is a major employer with more than 1,000 employees.  Hays Medical Center is the home to the Bucking Horse at Rodeo Opens in new windowDeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas & one of the top rural medical centers in the United States. 

Historic Downtown Hays has unique shopping, galleries, & eateries. Hays T-Rex - Sternburg Museum Opens in new windowboast excellent recreational facilities including: the Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, & excellent opportunities for walking, running, & biking.  Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing fishing, boating, & other water sports. Bike Hays contains 21 miles of Hays Regional Airportconnecting system.

The Hays Regional Airport provides service to Denver & Chicago on a 50-passenger regional jet.  Multiple high-speed Internet service providers service Hays. The community is in an elite group of cities with fiber to the premise. Visit www.visithays.com for more information.