Le Sueur Co. hires sheriff’s staff

The Le Sueur County Board approved the hiring of three part time jailer/dispatchers in the sheriff’s department during its regular meeting Tuesday, March 12.

Human Resources Director Cindy Westerhouse recommended the hiring of Joshua Overmohle, Jessica Blackstad and Anna Contreras to the positions. She said the hiring of multiple part-timers was to fill vacancies and replenish the pool of employees to ensure a qualified workforce is available to access when the need arises. “Many times, part time employees move on to full time positions, and there are cases where employees need time away from their jobs to attend training or schooling to better themselves,” she added.

All hiring of employees is handled through the personnel office, which is located on the main level of the courthouse.

The board also:

—Gave approval for renovations in the human services department (lower level) to improve efficiency and provide adequate space for staff. Total cost of the project will be approximately $7,000. The lower level of the courthouse is currently having new carpeting installed.

—Received the annual report from the MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust, presented by Bob Goede, risk management consultant. “Thank you for your continued participation in MCIT,” he commented at the conclusion of his report.

—Was informed by County Administrator Darrel Pettis concerning Senate File 786 in the State Legislature, which relates to proposed silica sand legislation, including a moratorium on new or expanded mining. “Unimin has been good to Le Sueur County for many years, providing employment and carefully following all environmental regulations,” commented Board Chair Steve Rohlfing. The board went on record opposing S.F. 786.