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home : news : news Sunday, May 1, 2016

4/2/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Hiring process advances

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission (CCJCC) is one step closer to hiring a new coordinator, and commissioners hope to have a final recommendation for employment in April.

Four of the top five candidates have returned video presentations the commission requested in late February, sheriff Rick Lincoln reported at the March 27 commission meeting.

Candidates were asked to submit a video with responses to five questions about the justice coordinating commission in order to show their proficiency with technology and public speaking.

County attorney Mike Wolf said he and county mental health director Becky Eskildsen viewed the videos Thursday afternoon and found them to be a valuable tool in the selection process.

"It's really very helpful, so that was a wise idea," Wolf said.

Wolf said he has asked the county's human resources director to confirm the fifth candidate received the request for the video submission. He said he doesn't want the commission to disqualify a qualified candidate over what may have been a miscommunication.

Commissioners agreed to accept a late submission from the fifth candidate should the delay be a result of miscommunication.

A video viewing was scheduled for the afternoon of April 1 to take about an hour-and-a-half. An additional viewing session will be scheduled for commissioners who were unable to attend April 1.

Jail needs presentation planned for early April

April also is the target date for submission of the jail needs assessment completed by consultant Shive Hattery.

The assessment will project the county's future jail needs and lay out options for construction of a new facility to replace the 45-year-old jail.

Former CCJCC coordinator Brian McKenrick said the consultant will present the assessment results to stakeholders from the justice commission, communications department and Clinton police in early April.

After the initial stakeholder presentations are complete, Shive Hattery will develop a community outreach package to present the information to communities throughout Clinton County.

The commission also plans to offer jail tours and develop video presentations to demonstrate why a new jail is needed in an effort to raise public awareness and support. Construction of a new jail likely will hinge on convincing voters to approve a referendum for a bond issue to pay for a new facility.

Lincoln shared the annual report from state jail inspector Delbert Longley resulting from a March 11 inspection of the Clinton County jail.

The inspector reported minor issues with inconsistent water pressure in some cells and lights that must be replaced in the indoor recreation area. He also commented on the overall condition of the jail.

"Clinton County jail is an older facility that does not meet the current needs of the county, staff or prisoners," Longley wrote.

"The jail is a well-managed facility. However, this is an older facility that will require continued maintenance," he stated.

The report also noted major improvements due to renovations of the jail kitchen and complimented jail staff for their professionalism.

Other business:

In other business:

•Clerk of court Kim Hess reported on a meeting of the court issues committee that included discussion of scheduling problems, fingerprint procedures, electronic court filing and mental health.

•Kim Ralston, director of the Clinton County community supports department, shared information on upcoming training programs for Mental Health First Aid and Bridges Out of Poverty.


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