Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office to hire additional help; apply for grants

            The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be looking for additional help for the county jail.  Lake County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized Sheriff Tim Walburg to pursue additional help for the jail on a temporary basis.  The motion was made by commissioners after meeting in executive session.

Walburg also met with commissioners in open session regarding grants that he is applying for.  One of them is a highway safety grant through the state in which he would like to purchase a speed board on a trailer.  Walburg told commissioners that the Sheriff’s Office gets speeding complaints in various areas of the county, and this would be mobile and could be used in different parts of the county.


Walburg said many of the complaints come from the lakes areas and near the schools.  He said the board is estimated to cost just more than 67-hundred dollars, and the grant would require a 20-percent match.  Walburg said the money would come out of next year’s budget.

Walburg told commissioners about some other grant options through the state utilizing drug-buy funds.  He said that Attorney General Marty Jackley is allowing for different funding options, so there are a couple of things he will be applying for grants for.  Walburg said that he would like to purchase cameras for a couple of the patrol cars that can record video and audio, and also some new vests for deputies.  These grants are 100-percent grants.

Walburg told commissioners that the state Department of Criminal Investigation is expanding one of its offices into Lake County, which means an agent will be stationed in the county.  As part of that, Walburg said the Sheriff’s Office is looking at different options for interview recording capabilities.


            The new recording system could also be paid for out of the state’s drug buy funds. 

Walburg also received approval from the commission Tuesday to enter into a new contract for the G-P-S monitoring units that his office uses.  He said that the units the county currently uses cost six-dollars a day, while the new contract with a different company would cost $3.25 a day.  The new contract is with Satellite Tracking of People, LLC.