Process of hiring deputies continues

PLYMOUTH — Several new deputies will soon be patrolling the county as part of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Marshall County Tom Chamberlin came before the Marshall County Commissioners to seek their approval for the hiring of three new officers to fill positions that have been vacated within the department. The department has been operating under its allotted level of 17 officers and had begun accepting applications for the openings in November.
The hiring process has singled out four applicants for the three positions that will receive final interviews. Chamberlin said that the training process would be a period of five months and that it would realistically be a year before the officers were patrolling the county highways on their own.
Chamberlin reported that the department had been operating with two detectives instead of their normal three detectives saying that a position of Detective Sergeant had remained unfilled. He explained that the goal was to see if the department could provide better service on calls, and still function efficiently with just two detectives to conduct investigations.
In other business:
• Marshall County IT Director Mike Marshall obtained permission of the Commissioners to seek $20,000 from the County Council to purchase a storage server for the county. Marshall will seek to purchase the equipment from Rainy Day funds at this week’s meeting.
• Josh Wakeland, the new county Veterans Service Officer, reported to the Commissioners on his progress since taking over the job.
Wakeland says that the office will be taking great efforts to help veterans file their claims and paperwork online in order to take advantage of benefits many were unaware they had.
Office hours for the Veterans Service office are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.