BROOKSVILLE — Bracken County E911 Director Tony Mains will be retiring from his position on June 30.
Mains graduated from Bracken County High School in 1974. From there, he joined the United States Air force and was stationed in Kansas. Mains served in the Air force for four years.
After leaving the Air force, Mains began working at Browning Manufacturing in Maysville while serving in the Army Reserves. He also began working as a part-time dispatcher in Bracken County.
“I was leaving the Army Reserve, after being with them for 18 years,” he said. “I saw an ad in the paper for dispatcher and I thought, ‘hey, I’ll try that.’”
He worked part-time for four years before being hired on as the director in 2002.
“I was working at Brownings still, until I became full-time director, so for four years, I wasn’t working a lot of hours,” he said. “When I took the director position, I left Brownings and that was in 2002.”
Mains said he will miss working at the Bracken County Dispatch.
“I’m sure I’m going to miss it,” he said. “I’ll miss the people I’ve met over the years; there’s been a lot of good people.”
According to Mains, one of the more surprising parts of his job included the amount of times people would call in.
“I think what surprised me the most about it were the people who would call in a lot compared to the people who would call in only once or twice in their lives.”
Mains said there are bad times when working at dispatch. Some of the bad times have included having to take calls about people he knew personally. One of the calls that stands out to him included a baby who wasn’t breathing well.
“That was one of the worse ones,” he said.
However, there are also good times for the dispatchers.
“You’ll have people call in when you think they’re not going to make it, that shouldn’t make it, and then they do,” he said. “Those are some of the better times.”
When Mains retires, he plans to spend time with his family and relax.
“I told my wife I’m going to be a house husband,” he said. “I plan to just be home and spending time with my family. I might get away a couple of times, too.”
Mains will be replaced by Rhonda Mefford, who currently works as a part-time dispatcher.
“I’m glad someone will continue on from here,” he said. “I wish her luck in her position. She works about 32 hours every two weeks. She may have less time than I did, but I believe she has more hours in than I did when I became director. I’ll start training her next week and I leave June 30.”