Beginning tomorrow (Thursday) the Livingston  County Sheriff's office will only periodically be occupied by the sheriff and/or deputies. The complete countywide law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical dispatching services will be done from within the Chillicothe Police Department at 613 Walnut Street.

"The unfortunate side of this is no one will be here to answer the telephone calls and foot traffic which comes into our office," said Sheriff Steve Cox. "As much as we dislike automated answering services, we have no choice but to have this at the LCSO."

When no one is in the building to answer the telephone the caller will be directed to hang-up and dial 911 for an emergency, or basically to select a voice mailbox to leave a message for a specific employee. If callers need a deputy dispatched for non-emergency matters, they are asked to call the Chillicothe Police Department dispatcher at 660-646-2121.

All doors of the sheriff's office will be locked if the building is unoccupied by the sheriff or a deputy. A sign on the front door will direct visitors to call the above number or report to the Chillicothe Police Department dispatch to report their needs.

"Please share with your family, friends, and neighbors to place the above information to help expedite any need for emergency medical, fire, or law enforcement services anywhere within Livingston County," Cox said.

The sheriff expressed appreciation for the public's understanding and assistance.

"This is the best we can do with the options we currently have available to all of us," he said.