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Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Capt. Jerry Negen to retire in May

Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Capt. Jerry Negen, long-time jail administrator, plans to retire in May.

A reorganization plan was presented to the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday for the jail oversight. Tami Laska, human resources director and Sheriff Todd Dahl spoke before the board. They presented a plan to appoint a jail administrator and an assistant in April and in August appoint an operations lieutenant.

Currently the jail division has the sheriff at the top, followed by the chief deputy, a captain at the jail, a lieutenant and sergeant, followed by additional jail staff, corrections officers and support staff.

The change replaces the captain slot with a jail administrator, a jail assistant and operations lieutenant. The plan reduces a patrol captain position and a sergeant position.

Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom praised Negen’s service and his work in opening the new jail in Brainerd, which she said was a major undertaking he made look effortless. Nystrom said she thought it was too early for Negen to retire. “You will be missed,” Nystrom said.

In other business, the board:

Agreed to a cost share agreement with the city of Brainerd for McKay Road resurfacing.

Approved a plan to seek quotes and award work for the Milford Mine project at a cost not to exceed $65,000 from the dedicated parks fund. The 2012 land services budget had a capital expense of $35,000 dedicated for the project. The park fund was $560,000 as of March 1. Commissioner Paul Thiede expressed concern about a commitment for ongoing park maintenance. Mark Liedl, land services director, said there is some commitment for that but they are looking for possible partnerships and maintenance is expected to be minimal. Liedl said the county’s focus is on trails and not on creating more parks. The county opened two parks, one at South Long Lake and the Milford Mine park.

Set a public hearing to adopt a public health ordinance to regulate sexually oriented businesses, such as adult book stores or novelty stores, at 10 a.m. April 10 in the county board room on the third floor of the historic courthouse on Laurel Street in Brainerd.

Set a public hearing at 10:10 a.m. April 10 to ammend the county fee schedule to include fees associated to the ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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