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County Jail Faces More Hiring Issues

There may be more hiring issues coming at the Marinette County Jail, Jail Administrator Bob Majewski warned the Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee at a meeting Monday, Jan. 9.

Majewski said that the jail is currently two officers down, with rumors circulating that two additional officers are applying elsewhere, with one applying at another jail and one applying at a different police department.

He added, "Between dispatch and the jail, the officers that are here, who are doing a very good job, should be recognized because they are putting in many hours while we try to replace those who are not here"The officers that are here deserve a lot of gratitude because they are keeping our county safe by doing as good as they are doing with limited staff. That process is a long process. We seem to be training them and they go away. That should be looked at."

Committee member George Kloppenburg asked Majewski why the officers rumored to be looking for other work were doing so. Majewski responded that he had heard wages were the deciding factor. "It's almost always wages," Committee Chair Ken Keller said.

As of Dec. 31, there were 126 people in the jail, with 102 men and 24 women. On Dec. 17, the jail reached its highest population of the month, with 140 inmates. The average population was 131.68 per day, the highest ever for December. Last year's average December population was 112.13.

Marinette County Communication Director Kirsten Bellisle provided an update on dispatch hiring, telling the committee, "I don't have good news," referencing a Jan. 7 retirement which left a 40-hour position open, along with people missing work because of the flu.

In December, 5780 total calls were received by dispatch, with 1038 being emergency calls. The busiest day of the week was Friday, the busiest hour was 2 p.m. and the busiest day was Friday, Dec. 30.

For the year, 76,632 calls were received. Friday was the busiest day of the week, with 4 p.m. being the busiest time of day.

The committee also approved two memorandums of understanding with Off the Couch Counseling and Consultations and Marinette County Jail to provide group AODA counseling services and parent education groups to inmates.

Majewski said these were essentially the same services provided, but with a new company at a similar cost. When Kloppenburg asked how success of these programs were measured, Majewski said success was achieved if the inmates or their kids do not return to jail. "That's our goal" to try to give them the tools to help them succeed as a productive citizen of this county," he said.


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