CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors expressed support for two additional employees to be hired for Clinton County Communications to prepare for the move into the under-construction law center.

Supervisor Dan Srp during a budget session last week stated the county’s communications office budgeted for four additional hires in fiscal year 2019 as they prepare to move into the new Clinton County Law Center. The proposed budget called for two hires at the beginning of the fiscal year and two hires at the beginning of the calendar year in 2019. The plan for the two hires budgeted for the beginning of the fiscal year includes time for training before the move into the new facility, which is currently scheduled for January 2019.

“They go to a school and then they come back and have on-the-job training. It was like a 3 1/2- or four-month process they go through for training,” Srp said. “I guess I would say they probably don’t need to hire those first two right away in the fiscal year. Probably a couple months in or three months in, I would think would work.”

Srp stated the addition in staffing is to allow the communications office to staff four employees at peak times and three employees at all other times.

The office currently staffs county communications with three employees during peak times and two employees during all other times.

Supervisor Tom Determann suggested the Supervisors budget two for the 2019 fiscal year rather than two at the beginning of the fiscal year and two for the second half of the fiscal year. He believes allocating funds for all four positions in the fiscal year 2019 budget is “a little extreme.”

Supervisor Shawn Hamerlinck said he was OK with hiring two employees as a backup but not without “a heavy hand on the communications board” to make sure they are making the right decisions and assessing the need for additional employees.

“I also place a lot of burden on (Human Resources Director) Dawn (Aldridge) and now you on the board to fix the number of supervisors versus when they’re there, when they’re not there, the whole staffing debacle,” Hamerlinck said. “I don’t want to all of the sudden come in and throw a linchpin into the plans I think you’re trying to do right. ... Let the board know we have higher expectations on the scheduling, number of supervisors and how those outcomes are going to play out. Is that fair? Because you don’t even have a supervisor on one shift but then you have to have two on another shift. It doesn’t make rational sense. And your ratio of supervisors to employees doesn’t make rational sense.”

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