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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner

Sheriff Daryl Jensen informed commissioners at the June 11 county board meeting that his office had launched a Facebook page on May 31. He said it is a positive way to communicate with people. Information on detours, distracted driving, and ‘crime stoppers’ are examples of what may appear on the page.

Public Safety Software

Jensen reviewed five proposals his office has received for public safety software, record management system. He said his office has been working over the last three years with staff and technology toward the upgrade. Currently, the sheriff’s office record system is not web based.

Jensen suggested they consider the product that surrounding counties are using when they make their decision. He stressed the importance of having confidence in the product and in its support.

Commissioner Tom Kaase and the sheriff seemed to have heard positive feedback about the reputation of a Minnesota based company, LETG. Jensen noted it would give them the capacity to go mobile. Kaase said this software is used in about sixty agencies within the state and has a good reputation for trouble shooting.

Jensen suggested they have an evaluation team, including commissioners Kaase and Marc Prestby, look at the proposals and bring back a recommendation on June 25. About two-thirds of the money to pay for the software will come from 911 funds, the rest from county dollars.

Community Services

Community Services Director Beth Wilms, Social Services Manager Gail Bunge, and Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens updated the board on MNsure or the health insurance exchange, which will be used by individuals looking for insurance for affordable care.

Also, the department will be serving an influx of clients due to the expansion of Medical Assistance. Complying with the Affordable Care Act and helping people with MNsure and serving new MA clients will likely require more staff, possibly an additional eligibility worker and another person on the office support staff. Wilms noted the department is running with a very lean staff now.

Wilms explained that currently counties get 50 percent reimbursement and that is to be raised to 75 percent reimbursement for a time. There could be a 30 to 50 percent reduction in the anticipated administrative cost for providing the additional services.

Wilms asked the board to consider a change in the supervisory structure of the Community Services Department. Wilms is only on site in Fillmore County one day per week. She suggested to provide day to day supervision it would be more efficient for Gail Bunge to act as the on site supervisor for office support staff.

County Coordinator Karen Brown said Bunge’s job description includes a supervisory role, so there will be no change in compensation. The changes were approved as presented.

Other Business In Brief

• Sheriff Jensen was given the authority to purchase a squad car off a Fillmore County used car lot at a cost of up to $17,000.

• Fillmore County will continue to participate in the Minnesota Council on Local Results and Innovation performance measurement. Participation will generate revenue of 14 cents per capita or roughly $3,000.

• By consensus the board directed departments to use a 1.5 percent adjustment for non-union pay plans for budgeting purposes.

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