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news Ellsworth, 54011
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved the 2012 annual department reports during its morning meeting Tuesday.

Among the highlights over the 165 pages spread out between the 24 departments:

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Administration

Highway, sheriff and human services were the top three departments in terms of total expenditures. Nearly 70 percent of revenue sources came from property (45) and state/federal aids (24). Sheriff (36), highway (21) and human services (13) were the top three departments funded by property tax. It was also noted 17 county employees retired, 14 left and one was fired in 2012. Those first two numbers were up from 2011, when 11 retired and 10 left.

County board

Out of the 10 supervisors who were on the board the entire calendar year, Jim Ross had the most per diem expenses, totalling over $7,000. County Board Chairman Jeff Holst was second at over $6,200 and Jerry Kosin was third at $5,450.

Clerk of Courts

Security dominated Peg Feuerhelm's report. Feuerhelm touched upon the need for a courthouse security officer, to be present at all domestic abuse and harassment hearings, along with transferring inmates to and from the Pierce County Jail. Sheriff's Deputy Adam Olson was named to the position and will start sometime next month, Sheriff Nancy Hove said. Feuerhelm also said the clerk's office will be remodeled sometime in 2013 to allow for a secure door at the front. A file shelf will also be moved, allowing for a back door to be used as entrance and exit, in case of an emergency.

For more please read the April 24 print version of the Herald.

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