Courthouse security to ramp up

Princeton Union-Eagle

Sheriff Brent Lindgren has received approval to hire four full-time, active licensed peace officers to be on call for part-time duty in the county’s court security and transport division.

The Mille Lacs County Board gave the authorization at its March 20 meeting.

Each of the four officers would work up to 14 hours per week and a maximum of 67 days per calendar year. The agreement is that it would amount to a maximum of 2,912 total hours for the four officer per year, at a cost not to exceed $50,000 per fiscal year.

The county has lost several bailiffs through retirement and the one remaining is Don Hubbard, a former Princeton city police officer. Hubbard has been working a number of years in court security for Mille Lacs County since his retirement from the Princeton Police Department. Once Hubbard retires that will be the last of the current bailiffs that the county has had, Lindgren said.

“He has served us well,” Lindgren said of Hubbard, and added that Hubbard can continue in the job as long as he likes.

Lindgren told the board that he “decided to further professionalize the delivery of services and not simply continue the past practice of replacing retiring bailiffs with non-licensed bailiffs, rather changing direction and replacing retiring bailiffs with full time licensed peace officers in an on call pool…”

The pool will meet the statutory requirements of furnishing deputies to meet the court system’s security requests, Lindgren noted.

For the full story, see the Thursday, March 29 print edition of the Times.