By: Katie Bily
At last week’s meeting of the Itasca County Board of Commissioners, the hiring process for a new county administrator was discussed.
Preliminary interviews have already taken place. Those interviews are being followed by assessments of each of the candidates. Finalists for the position are expected to be announced in the near future.
The board also heard from Jason Anderson with the Itasca County Probation Department. He noted that there are currently 530 adults and 105 juvenile clients served by the department.
Anderson apprised commissioners about a program started by the department known as “Woodwork,” which puts juveniles to work while they are on probation. The program costs about $11,000 per year and is manned by very experienced staff.
In other business, the board:
• Approved payment of warrants in the amount of $1,624,556.47.
• Approved Health and Human Services warrants in the amount of $1,246,162.96.
• Noted that Kiesler House is scheduled to be finished spring of 2017.
• Presented an award of excellence to Robbie Radaich, who’s retiring after 13 years of heading up the county’s 4-H programs.
• Discussed making sites to drop off downed trees from recent storms. Cohasset is an option for residents now but it is a long drive for some people especially those who are older. The matter will be discussed further by commissioners on Aug. 9.