Crime stoppers program in developmental stages

Staff writer

County Commission Chairman Randy Dallke had one condition Monday when Sheriff Rob Craft introduced plans for his department to team with the City of McPherson for a crime stoppers program.

“In order for us to do the program, our people have to know about it,” he said. “It’s no good unless we get it out there.”

The program is still in the planning stages, but the hope is county residents will be able to call an office in McPherson with information about crimes. Craft said the program would give the sheriff’s department more room to work with.

Craft and the commissioners also discussed lining the drainage area from the northwest corner of the fence behind the jail with decorative rocks, and putting cement on an area of dirt by the jail’s south door, where a roof drain comes down.

They met in a 10-minute closed session afterward discussing personnel payment, deciding to raise the maximum pay of jailers from $11 an hour to more than $12 an hour.

“The environment they’re in requires a little more pay,” Commissioner Roger Fleming said.

The commission also:

  • Met in closed session to conduct interviews for the county appraiser opening. Interviews for the emergency manager position are set for next week.
  • Spoke with Interim County Appraiser Brian Frese about promoting Jessica Hajek to geographic information system assistant/sales appraiser. In turn, the appraiser’s office will be looking for a data collector in replacement.
  • Met with Register of Deeds Jo Ottensmeier in closed session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Ottensmeier and commissioners discussed equalizing part-time salaries throughout the county.
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