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Jail committee makes final recommendations

The Pierce County Jail Ad Hoc Committee Thursday approved their final report and recommendations to the finance and personnel committee.

The 14-page report summarizes the committee’s six months of meetings, which included interviews with dozens of officials on the local and state level.

“Pierce County should have a jail,” the report states -- “the committee does not believe a good option would be to house out all prisoners in other counties and use the existing facility as holding cells only.”

Furthermore, the committee believes the jailer and dispatch units should be separated, a recommendation the state inspector has had for years.

“The committee acknowledges there would be a significant fiscal impact associated with separating the dispatch and jailer positions because it would require additional staff to cover both functions adequately,” the report states “...However, separating the positions would allow for civilian workers in dispatch and eliminate the costs associated with protective classification for dispatch workers.”

For more please read the July 3 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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