Commissioners approve position for road deputy
BALDWIN — Lake County commissioners approved creating a full-time deputy position for road patrol during their monthly meeting on Wednesday.
The position is to help fill a temporary vacancy of an employee who is out on workers compensation and should only become permanent if a permanent vacancy occurs.
During the finance meeting, in a 3-5 vote, commissioners disapproved bringing to the full board replacing the detective sergeant position with a lieutenant position at the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Commissioners Christine Balulis and Howard Lodholtz voted to bring the motion to the full board and Joan Runnels, Kate Maddox and Karl Walls voted no. Commissioners Betty Dermyer and John Brunn didn't get to vote because it was not brought before the full board.
"We can't move anyone up to the lieutenant position while opening up a deputy position, so we really have gained anything," said Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin after the meeting.
It was announced the clerk's office will have training for new voting equipment on Tuesday, and the public is invited to view the new equipment at the clerk's office on Wednesday.