Sheriff addresses courthouse saftey concerns

Mille Lacs County Times

With another veteran bailiff retiring, and two new district court judges coming on board soon, Sheriff Brent Lindgren told county commissioners on Feb. 7 that he’s wondering what direction to take for court security, transportation, etc.

Bailiff Janet Johnson retired at the end of 2011 and that means Lindgren has lost three experienced bailiffs in the past few years.

The only one remaining is former Princeton policeman Don Hubbard, usually scheduled for 20-plus hours a week.

“Over the years we have been filling in [for bailiffs]  with court security deputies who are licensed to do more things,” Lindgren said in an interview Monday. “I just want to take a look at things.”

With the retirement of Judge Steve Ruble on Dec. 31, Sarah Hennesy of St. Cloud will be seated in March and in July another judge will be added to the court to try to help pare down the ever-increasing backlog of cases.

“I’d like to get together with the judges, probation, the county attorney and court administrator and see what everyone requires,” Lindgren said.

Lindgren told commissioners last week that there could be multiple trials going on at once and that there might be transportation issues.

“Sixty percent of the court calendar is criminal cases and that can mean transportation issues for prisoner,” he said.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Feb. 16 print edition of the Times.