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Sheriff Jensen shares resignation plans


Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen shared his plans to resign at the end of his current term with the county board at their July 24 meeting.

Kristina Kohn, Human Resources, noted that at the time of his planned retirement at the end of 2014 shortly before a new sheriff is sworn in, Jensen will have served Fillmore County for 35 years. Jensen quipped he was 20 years old with a “full head of hair” when he started.

Jensen said he will be 55 when he retires and it will be time to move over. Until then his focus will be to keep the ship upright. Fillmore County has not had an open election for sheriff since 1986. Both Jensen and his predecessor were first appointed to the office after a midterm retirement.

Chairman Randy Dahl commented that he hoped the next person (to serve as sheriff) brings as much integrity and wisdom to the office.

2012 Fillmore County Audit

County coordinator Karen Brown reported that Baker Tilly gave a ‘present fairly’ or ‘unqualified opinion’ to the county. The overall fund balances decreased by 13.4 percent primarily due to Human Services Funds used for unanticipated program expenses and Road and Bridge Funds used for construction projects in progress.

Fund balance levels, while adequate, are lower and need to be monitored to preserve adequate cash flow. The state auditor recommends fund balance levels be 25 to 35 percent of subsequent year’s non-capital expenditures. Fillmore County’s fund balance level is about 21 percent. Brown said the fund balances are still adequate and have been allowed to get lower in order to keep the tax levies lower and to avoid having an excess fund balance. The county’s bond rating position is improved slightly.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said, “We are lean.” Dahl added that the bottom line is we are not taxing the citizens anymore than we need to in order to get the job done.

Other Business In Brief

• A resolution was adopted to proclaim July 21-27 as Pre-trial, Probation and Parole Supervision week. Shelley McBride of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections invited the board to recognize the community corrections professional staff for the work that they do. Staff present included Curt Petzel, Grant Smith, Angela Lange, Kristine Frisby, Star Polzin, and Kari Berg.

• UCare and Blue Plus were approved as recommended by Community Services as managed care organizations to provide managed health care services in the county.

Community Services director Beth Wilms explained there will be a significant increase in the department’s work load with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Staff will start a seven week training on August 12.

Wilms discussed the recent Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives which pulled the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) out of the bill. The Senate version included SNAP. Dahl said SNAP is a good program and agreed it needs some reform. He suggested there are probably about five percent that abuse the program, but insisted it is a very good program overall. Wilms added it provides food and nutrition for families that desperately need it.

• Approval was given with thanks for the resignation of John Dollar, Custodian, effective July 31. Advertisement for his replacement was approved. A temporary full time custodian hire was approved.

• The purchase of a replacement vehicle for the zoning department was approved. Zoning administrator Chris Graves asked that the vehicle have adequate clearance for off road use. The purchase of an F-150 4 x 4, four door pick-up will be purchased at the state contract price of $25,410.92.

An access permit to CSAH 23 was approved for Mike and Connie Thedens, Section 34, Holt Township. The current access will be removed.

•Donna Rasmussen, SWCD, and Kevin Beck, Emergency Management, discussed the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). Funding from the program is only provided to repair flood damages “that pose an imminent hazard to life and property” especially if further flooding were to occur. Upon inspection by an area engineer, no sites have been found to be eligible for the funding. Beck said they have been checking into any options that may be available for cost share help for private property owners who had flood damage.

•Final payments were approved for the remodel of the Highway Administration Building. A Culligan filter system has been installed in the building as the building is on the dead end of the water line. The filter system is working well.

Commissioner Duane Bakke reported that the grant request for the Eagle Cliff trail spur wasn’t successful. He added they will keep applying for the program. MnDOT has declined a request to put in wider shoulders which would be safer for the bicycle traffic.

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1:42:22, Jul 26th 2013

Private Eye says:
Sheriff Jensen: Long on wisdom, very short on integrity.


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