County commissioners discuss staffing for 2021

In the wake of early-retirement incentives and other personnel moves, St. Joseph County officials now have a clearer picture of potential staffing needs in 2021.

The issue garnered significant discussion during the county board’s executive committee meeting Wednesday.

County administrator Teresa Doehring said about 25 employees were eligible for the early-retirement incentive and 10 took advantage of the opportunity. With a Dec. 31 deadline to accept, however, there could be a few more to add to the tally, Doehring said.

She said the positions of building and grounds director, and executive secretary are on hold, as Doehring said she is working on potential scenarios to be brought before commissioners at a later date.

District court has two deputy clerks retiring in coming months. Also, with the impending retirement of Bill Thistlethwaite, the Friend of the Court director’s position will need to be filled, too.

Deputy juvenile register is a position Doehring has not yet addressed. Meanwhile, family court juvenile division director Tom Robertson is retiring in March and his successor is Kevin Kane, juvenile referee supervisor.

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