Commission Hires New Sheriff
The Marshall County Commission hired a new sheriff effective July 1 at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
Damian Bahr of Groton will complete the term of the late Dale Elsen who had served as Marshall County Sheriff since 1983. The sheriff’s position will be up for election in 2022 with Bahr’s appointment through Jan. 2, 2023. Brian Bard had been named the temporary sheriff when Elsen passed away from cancer last month and will continue as a deputy.
The new sheriff, who will be moving to Marshall County, has served as a fill-in deputy for Marshall County for the past 14 months and has worked with the Brown County Highway Department for the past 10 months. He has 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Groton Police Department for two years, the Aberdeen Police Department for four years, and 14 years with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. He will be paid $60,000 per year.
In the public comment portion of the commission meeting on Tuesday Jared Holland, accompanied by Mike Marquette, asked the board if Marquette had the opportunity for the sheriff’s job. Commissioners said that Marquette had been offered the position and declined.
Bard, Marquette, and Bahr met with the board to discuss jail safety improvements. Commissioners approved $11,595 in improvements including purchase of a restraint chair, removal of the old toilet and sink in the jail cell and replacing them with stainless steel, installation of a stainless steel prisoner bench for the hallway for security while awaiting booking, removal of a partition by the toilet in the jail cell and replacing with a light weight partition and curtain, installation of sheet metal around beds and the top of beds, installation of plastic shower curtain rod and curtain, cover plumbing and heating grates with sheet metal to eliminate sharp edges, cutting of a hole in the cell door to install a door/tray for meal service and handcuffing before going into cells, and safety helmets for any prisoners trying to hurt themselves.
In other action a drainage permit was approved for Austin McLaen in White Township and building permits were approved for Pete and Melinda Nelson and Sam Pitzl. A low bid from Full Circle Ag for a split transport of gas ($1.60) and #1 diesel ($1.305) was approved.
Highway Superintendent Dustin Hofland said that the maintenance crew has been working on blading and the chip seal scheduled for the Fort road will probably be in August. Hofland said he will also ask that some patching be done on some other roads. Highway Secretary Sandy Dinger told the board that light poles at the railroad crossing north of town will be installed on Thursday. She also said that the Safety Conference set for November had been postponed to November of 2021. Director of Equalization
Director of Equalization Shannon Lee met with the board and commissioners approved a new fee schedule of $5 for emailing a copy of property record cards. A maintenance agreement for the new generator at the Community Building for $195 annually with Maxwell Electric was approved.
The board met in executive session twice on personnel for a total of 58 minutes. Next meeting of the commission will be Tuesday, June 30.