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Forum News Service, Published September 10 2013

Stutsman County dispatcher fired after releasing confidential information

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - A Stutsman County dispatcher has been terminated for allegedly breaking confidentiality rules and then leaving town while on administrative leave.

"She knows that she made a serious error. And she was a good dispatcher," said Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County Emergency Manager/911 Coordinator. "Information regarding ongoing investigations is not information that can be released."

According to the letter of termination in her county personnel file, dispatcher Miranda Meisch was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 12, after an Aug. 9 incident regarding a phone complaint reporting suspicious activity at a Jamestown address.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation was asked to conduct an investigation into the matter, and determined that Meisch provided confidential information to the suspect in the incident, along with the name of the complainant.

"Doing so severely jeopardized the ongoing police investigation and could have placed the complainant in physical danger," Bergquist wrote in the termination letter.