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Sheriff’s personnal changes given commission’s okay

September 26, 2012

Dave Gaunt

    More personnel changes are coming for the Adams County Sheriff's and Decatur Police departments, according to Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg.
    Rekeweg told the county commissioners on Monday that one of the jail officers has a conditional offer of employment with the city police department. Providing the officer passes all requirements for the city, they will become a full-time employee of the Decatur Police Department.
    However, the officer — who was not identified — wishes to remain a part-time employee for the sheriff's department, according to Rekeweg, who added that there are part-time employees at the sheriff's office who have expressed interest in becoming full-time employees.
    "So what I'd like to do is just flip-flop those roles for that employee, if that's all right with you guys," said Rekeweg.
    Rekeweg also addressed the issue of replacing retired deputy Dave Gaunt. He said the Adams County Council has approved hiring a replacement.
    Earlier this year the commissioners had given Rekeweg permission to accept applications in anticipation of Gaunt's retirement. Rekeweg said there are seven applicants the merit board would like to interview for the position, and a decision will be made from those seven applicants.
    In a final note, Rekeweg said jail matron Patsy Smith is in need of additional help in the jail kitchen.
    "We're not asking for additional funds, we're just asking for one more part-time kitchen staff (person) to help out," said Rekeweg.
    Commissioners Ed Coil and Kim Fruechte approved all motions; Commissioner Doug Bauman was absent.

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