Washington County Notes 9/12/13

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Three Stillwater-area residents were appointed to posts on two Washington County watershed management boards Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The appointments were:

  •  Craig Leiser of Grant and Gail Pundsack of Stillwater to three-year terms on the Brown’s Creek Watershed District Board of Managers expiring Oct. 21, 2016.
  •  Eric Lindberg of Stillwater Township to an unexpired term on the Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District Board of Managers expiring June 21, 2014. Lindberg has a biology teaching degree from the University of Minnesota and is pursuing a master’s degree in wildlife management.

Watershed districts oversee a variety of water uses including protection of groundwater and regulation of groundwater use.

Board addresses WCSO issues

A labor contract with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office personnel, a grant for boating safety equipment and an agreement allowing the WCSO to be part of a crime task force were approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The board ratified a two-year contract with the WCSO captain-commanders bargaining unit effective through Dec. 31. The contract has a 0 percent general pay increase, but employees below the maximum of the salary range eligible for range movement on the 2011 pay schedule are eligible for a 1.5 percent increase on the employee’s anniversary date up to the salary range maximum.

Employees at the salary range maximum are eligible for a 1.5 percent non-base lump sum payment on their anniversary date based on their regular annual pay. Employees at their maximum salary this year are eligible for a 2 percent non-base lump sum payment on their anniversary date.

Commissioners also accepted a $32,437 state Department of Natural Resources grant to the Sheriff’s Office Water, Parks and Trails Unit, which will use the funds to purchase a 19-foot boat with 150-horsepower motor, trailer and rigging.

And commissioners approved a joint powers agreement with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to have the WCSO be part of the BCA’s multi-agency Minnesota Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The task force will investigate and prosecute crimes against and the criminal exploitation of children committed or facilitated with the use of computers. The BCA is receiving a federal grant and will provide funds for equipment, training and expenses incurred by the WCSO during investigations.

The agreement with the BCA runs through May 31, 2016.

WCSO seeks reserve applicants

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting persons interested in volunteering to be a reserve deputy sheriff.

The WCSO seeks citizens seeking to give something back to their communities and enthusiastic retirees wishing to remain active in the community and gain law enforcement experience.

Reserve deputies work alongside licensed sheriff’s deputies on the county’s rivers, lakes and trails and are called upon to assist in controlling access to and protecting assets at the natural disaster sites; preserve crime scenes; help search for lost persons, and be involved in community outreach and special assignments.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver’s license, pass a criminal history and background check and not have any physical or medical conditions that limit their abilities to perform assigned duties. Applicants must also complete the Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Academy that starts in January and runs one evening a week through April at the Law Enforcement Center in Stillwater.

Applications close Oct. 31 and all applicants will be interviewed in November.
Visit www.wcsheriff.net or contact Sgt. Tim Harris at 651-430-6389 or Tim.Harris@co.washington.mn.us for information.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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