Part-time position saves county cash

A request from county personnel director Lisa Herges at the Mille Lacs County Board’s June 19 meeting for a part-time position was approved, with a dissenting vote.

Herges asked that a full-time 911 communications specialist, who had resigned, be hired as a part-time person to reduce overtime in the communications area.

She said the position would be limited to 14 or fewer hours a week and fewer than 67 days a year.

Because it would be an intermittent position, the person would not qualify for insurance or accrued time benefits, and thus the result would be a savings for the county.

“Is is overtime or bad staffing? asked Commissioner Dan Whitcomb.

Commissioner Jack Edmonds asked if the move would result in adding a part-time position.

Herges answered that approving the request would result in an annual savings of about $15,000 for the county.

The motion passed to approve the request, Whitcomb voting against.