County board approves law enforcement hires

Following a 10-minute executive session with Sheriff Brian Marks, jail administrator Amber Lindberg and County Attorney Robert Walsh to discuss non-elected personnel Monday, Cloud County board of commissioners made several decisions regarding personnel.
Commissioners acknowledged the resignation of James Wilson as full-time corrections officer for the Sheriff's Department  and approved a classification change for Donna James from part-time corrections officer to full-time corrections officer, to fill an open position, effective Jan. 20, at a rate of $13.12 per hour.
The board also approved the hire of Roger Hamilton as full-time corrections officer to fill an open position effective Jan. 20 at a rate of $13.12 per hour.
In other law enforcement business, commissioners discussed courthouse and courtroom security with Marks, Lindberg and Walsh.
Janet Eubanks and Burl Maley, Cloud County Chemical Dependency committee, gave an overview of how its funds were used in 2013 and presented its 2014 funding agreement of $29,766 for approval. The board approved signing the agreement.
Susie Haver and Tammy Britt, Cloud County Convention and Tourism committee, reported the terms of Linda Houser, Dolores Landry and Sharon Dykes on the Convention and Tourism board expired Dec. 31, 2013. Commissioners approved reappointment of Houser, representing the National Orphan Train Complex, Dykes, representing Super 8 and Landry, representing POW Camp Concordia, to serve three-year terms on the Convention and Tourism Board through Dec. 31, 2016.
Justin Murdock, Solid Waste director, discussed various items with the board and reported employees at the Recycling Center are asking people to sort their recyclables into the recommended categories. Information regarding the sorting categories may be picked  up during regular business hours at the Recycling Center.
Diana Gering, Health administrator, reported she will be meeting with Sen. Elaine Bowers and Judy Bunting with Cloud County Community College to discuss proposed legislation and the effects it could have on local Health departments.
Scott Finkbinder, Republic County highway administrator; Linda Holl, Marvin Bergstrom, Frank Rytyck, Republic county commissioners; Kathleen Marseick, Republic County Clerk; Asch and Walsh discussed the bridge located east of 190th Road on the county line. No decision was made concerning repairs to the bridge. Cloud County Commission will view the bridge next Monday.
In other matters the board
•approved department payrolls totaling $134,488.35
•discussed the billing process for gas usage at the new Law Enforcement Center with Larry Uri, Concordia City manager
•had a 10-minute executive session to discuss attorney-client privileges with Walsh
•approved the appointment of Mikki Nelson to the Cloud County Commission on Aging, replacing Betty Barrett who has resigned the position
Commissioners attended the following meetings last week: Johnita Crawford, Tourism meeting Jan. 14; Juvenile Detention Center meeting in Junction City, Jan. 15; and Coffeetime, Jan.17;  Gail Engle, meeting with architects, Jan. 16; Gary Caspers, KWORCC meeting in Topeka, Jan. 16, where he was appointed chairman of the Investment Committee for 2014.
Concordia High School government students attending Monday's meeting were Jordynn Gumm, Megan James and Katie Thompson.
Adjournment was at 2:50 p.m.

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