Commission, Council Presidents Urge Resolution to Empty Highway Positions

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Delp, Kevin Overmyer, Kurt Garner

Marshall County Commissioner Kevin Overmyer would like to see a resolution to the unfilled positions at the highway department.

He explained to fellow Commissioners Mike Delp and Kurt Garner Monday morning that the assistant clerk position needs to be filled as well as the county engineer position. He stated that the person who is currently doing the work of two clerks is up to 75 hours of comp time since Jan. 1. He mentioned that Highway Supervisor Jason Peters is at 80 hours of overtime.

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Commissioners Update County Council on County Engineer Search

The search continues for a county engineer.

The Marshall County Commissioners are looking for a candidate who is a licensed engineer who could help add expertise to the qualified staff already at the county highway. Commissioner Kurt Garner explained to the county council on Monday morning that they received three applications with two of the applicants possessing an engineer’s license. They offered a candidate with a license, 12 years of highway experience and the ability to assist the county with matrix technology to help the county’s focus on prioritizing maintenance on roads, but that candidate turned down an offer from the county. According to Commissioners Garner and Mike Delp, who even offered part of their salaries to add to the proposed pay rate, the candidate wasn’t sure he wanted to take the risk of having an divided council and commission vote on the position and the loss in pay.

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