Atlanta to hire conditional full-time person

ATLANTA – The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners agreed to give County Sheriff Don Edwards to go-ahead to hire a conditional full-time position in the jail because of the increased number of inmates due to housing state prisoners.

The position would be contingent upon the retention of a high number of state prisoners being housed at the jail, and Edwards said he doesn’t forsee anything changing the number that is currently incarcerated.

“The full time position is only going to be as long as we keep the additional state prisoners,” chair Gene Thornton said. “If we lose them, we don’t need the position anymore.”

To pay overtime for full-time employees to cover the hours needed would cost the county more than to hire an additional full-time position conditionally.

The board also approved a request from the Building Department to be able to hire a part-time employee to work from 12 to 15 hours per week at $9.71 per hour. The money for the new employee will come from the departments budget. There has been an increase in building permits, and the department requested permission to hire an employee to have someone in the office to help with customers and paperwork.

“They’re looking for someone who could do the scanning paperwork, and be available in the office during the week,” Thornton said. “If someone was in the office, it would be good for the department.”

The new hire would work from July 1, through November 30. The board approved the position with a 4-1 vote, with Daryl Peterson voting against.

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