Exceptions to hiring freeze approved

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved three exceptions to its hiring freeze.

Tuesday’s votes resulted in authorization to hire an emergency services coordinator, a $75,000-a-year position that will become vacant effective Jan. 31. It was sought by undersheriff Mark Lillywhite.

In a separate request, Lillywhite also was granted permission to hire a clerk/typist for the sheriff’s department. The $15-an-hour job will need to be filled by Feb. 15.

Finally, Captain Jason Bingaman was given approval to employ a deputy for road patrol. In his application to commissioners, Bingaman noted the position is for municipal patrol previously overseen by Clayton Denney.

The position has been vacant since Dec. 5.

Commissioners have said essential positions will continue to be filled as warranted, and that every vacancy requested to be filled is thoroughly examined.

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