Menominee County Board approves jail hires

MENOMINEE – Three part-time corrections officers have been hired by Menominee County, which recently waived a hiring freeze to provide the short-staffed jail with some needed employees.

Menominee County, which has had a hiring freeze for the past year, authorized Sheriff Kenny Marks to hire additional staff because of the jail’s statutory requirements, explained Marks in a recent telephone interview.

During the past year, the jail lost six part-time employees with many of them accepting full-time employment elsewhere, said Marks.

The county’s hiring freeze coupled with the high turnover rate created a challenge for the sheriff’s department, which has mandatory requirements for staff levels at the jail, he said.

“I still have to maintain the jail and that was my position,” Marks said. “I asked the county for a waiver on this hiring freeze.”

The Menominee County Board of Commissioners considered Marks’ request at its Jan. 28 meeting. Following much discussion on the benefit status of part-timers, the board approved hiring three corrections officers.

Marks said these part-time employees will be non-union workers and will not receive benefits. If they are hired for full-time positions, they would become eligible for benefits at that time, he explained.

Marks said the timing of the board’s approval to hire the three people was crucial because the four-week training course for corrections officers started last week at the academy in Marquette.

“I’m thankful to the board for waiving the hiring freeze and allowing me to staff up and meet statutory requirements,” commented Marks.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,