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Published November 20, 2009, 03:06 PM

Wilkin County decides to replace retiring deputy despite tough budget

(WDAY TV) - Commissioners in Wilkin County have been faced with making some difficult cuts in the last year, but they've decided safety of the people living in the county is something that will keep a job alive.

By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - Commissioners in Wilkin County have been faced with making some difficult cuts in the last year, but they've decided safety of the people living in the county is something that will keep a job alive.

A rising crime rate in Wilkin County is enough for county commissioners to unanimously approve the sheriff's department replacing a retiring deputy. Commissioners say the sheriff expressed concern in scheduling with 1 less employee, and covering all of their extra responsibilities like transporting inmates, providing a bailiff and other duties they provide the county.

Commissioners say they did spend extra time debating the issue, and going over counter points, but in the end it was an obvious decision.

“Absolutely, because we're considering all of our positions because in difficult budgeting times that's one of the things you have to do.”

After serving the county for 30 years Jeff Kubitz retired yesterday.

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