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Committee hears 9-1-1 report

Monday’s Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee meeting dealt with two subjects which are going to be discussed frequently over the next few months.

The committee addressed the report about merging the St. Croix and Pierce County 9-1-1 dispatch centers. PSC Alliance conducted the report with interviews from both St. Croix and Pierce County officials. The report was sent to all county board members and there is a link for the public to view it at

The study findings were a 9-1-1 merger between the two counties is feasible, but it identifies numerous challenges and obstacles that would need to be addressed, overcome and agreed upon between the two.

The report didn’t get an approval from the committee, as a motion was made, but there was no second. It will be on the Tuesday, March 25, county board agenda for a first reading, when the full board will discuss it in detail.

The second subject was the county’s Compensation/Classification study. Barb Petkovsek from Carlson Dettman addressed the committee for about 40 minutes on their findings so far.

Of note, Petkovsek told the committee when it comes to pay scale for its employees, Pierce County is average compared to the surrounding area and the county has tons of seniority employees. The average employee has been at Pierce County for 12 years, she said.

Petkovsek then asked the committee what their thoughts were on a Merit Pay (i.e. pay for performance) versus a Combination plan, which is a step system (which the county currently uses) and, once they reach the top step, then they would be eligible for merit pay. The committee was indecisive during the meeting and asked Petkovsek to make a presentation on both systems at the May county board meeting, which she agreed to.

For more please read the March 5 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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