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OK Plans For Added Officer, Full Time Medical Examiner
Issue Date: August 9, 2018
Among a long list of items on the agenda for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Marinette County Board's Public Services Committee approved making the new Medical Examiner position full time for whoever is hired to replace long-time Coroner George Smith when his elected position ends in January of 2019. Earlier this year County Board voted to eliminate the elected coroner position and replace it with a medical examiner.
The committee also unanimously approved creation of an additional deputy position in the Sheriff's Department, with that person to be designated as a Recreation Officer, provided the state continues to cover more than 50 percent of the cost.
Both actions were recommended by County Administrator John LeFebvre.
Discussions at the meeting were that state funding will likely cover nearly 70 percent of the extra expense. Sheriff Jerry Sauve said that officer will also be able to do educational safety programs and respond to emergencies when needed.
The pay grade I level approved for the medical examiner can come in at various amounts depending on the step at which the person is hired, but is expected to cost about $89,853 for the salary of probably $55,161 plus fringes and other expenses. Smith's salary for the part time position has been $30,000 a year. LeFebvre said he doubts that there is enough work to keep a full time medical examiner busy, so he expects to assign other duties, perhaps in Teen Court or other areas related to health and well being. He is having the job description written to provide for that.
Both recommendations will go to the Administrative Committee next week and then to the full County Board, probably at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
With the Primary election just a week away, Sheriff Jerry Sauve told the committee there have been problems with campaign sign thefts, including some of his own signs and most likely also those of his opponent in the race for Sheriff.
He warned that theft or defacement of campaign signs is a crime and violators will be prosecuted.
"If we can make a case, we're coming to see you," he told District Attorney DeShea Morrow. "Defacing campaign signs interferes with people's rights to express themselves, and will not be tolerated!"
Supervisor Glenn Broderick, a member of the committee, asked if the same applies if the signs are for candidates in other counties.
"We don't care where they come from," Sauve replied, adding that posting those signs unmolested is a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution.