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After being assured no county funds will be used, St. Croix County Board members agreed last week to add a fourth worker to the county's victim/witness assistance program. The county program now has three full-time positions: The coordinator, a specialist and a legal advocate.
A committee interviewed 11 candidates for the position of St. Croix County treasurer last week. At total of 53 people applied for the position, which will be left vacant when Cheryl Slind leaves the post May 29. Slind, who has been treasurer for six years, began a new term Jan. 1. The person appointed to replace her will hold the job until Dec.
Fifty-three candidates met the May 5 deadline to apply for the position of St. Croix County treasurer. The County Board voted last month to take applications and appoint a treasurer to fill out the term of Cheryl Slind, who is leaving May 29 to take a job with a private software company. Slind, who has been treasurer for six years, began a new term Jan. 1. The person appointed to replace her will hold the job until Dec. 31, 2012, but would have to be elected by citizens to serve longer than that. A review panel will meet at 10 a.m.
St. Croix County, its insurer and a company that provided medical services to inmates have agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a 28-year-old man who died in jail. An out-of-court settlement was reached with the family of Brandon Lee Hessler, New Richmond, who died March 18, 2007, three days after being booked into the county jail in Hudson. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb approved the agreement last Thursday. The settlement calls for St. Croix County and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company to pay $812,500 and for Health Professionals Ltd.
Despite objections that one district is too large and "illogically shaped" and over one supervisor's adamant objections, the St. Croix County Board adopted a new redistricting plan Tuesday. The plan implements a citizen vote to cut the number of County Board members from 31 to 19.
Cheryl Slind, who has been St.
In a sense, Ron Lockwood, along with his counterparts in other counties, worked himself out of a job. Lockwood's career stretched across a timeline of change in the way Wisconsin and its counties provide services to people with disabilities and their families. Now as part of a statewide effort, St. Croix, Pierce and Dunn counties are transferring the responsibility for long-term support to private agencies. The state promises the new system will eventually eliminate waiting lists for services for adults with chronic illnesses or disabling conditions.
Wisconsin voters will go to the polls April 7 to select a new superintendent of public instruction and a Supreme Court justice. Rose Fernandez, Mukwonago, and Tony Evers, Madison, are candidates for a four-year term to replace Elizabeth Burmaster, who's headed the Department of Public Instruction since 2001. Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick, Oconomowoc, is challenging 32-year incumbent Shirley Abrahamson, Madison, for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The DPI provides direction and technical assistance for public elementary and secondary education.
St. Croix County residents who are either uninsured or who have high out-of-pocket payments can soon get a discount card for prescription drugs. People who use the cards, which will be free to all county residents, can save an average of 22 percent of the retail cost of prescription drugs, claims the National Association of Counties. NaCo has contracted with Caremark PCS Health, a pharmacy benefit management service, to offer the cards to member counties. "I know of no other program like this," said St.