- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio county sheriff says residents were alarmed when they received a call from an emergency notification system.

That is until the message reminded the roughly 20,000 Butler County residents to renew dog licenses.

Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos authorized the Butler County Auditor’s Office to use the agency’s notification system to send the reminder last month.

Haverkos tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (https://bit.ly/2iMxwvi ) there was a “glitch” when it first went out because it said they were receiving an emergency management agency message. That greeting was later changed.

Sheriff Richard Jones says people become “scared” when they get an EMA notification and called for Haverkos to resign for a “serious breach of protocol.”

Authorities say they don’t intend to take action against Haverkos.


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