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Sheriff will add to corrections staff

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake reported to the county board this week that a corrections officer is retiring. The board approved the hire of one more staff member than budgeted, allowing her to hire two males and two females.

The board had given her permission to hire three corrections officers to replace retiring officers or officers forced to retire due to illness.

Lake said she has a budget surplus, since she has been short-staffed.

Corrections is using overtime from employees to cover shifts, a wage outlay for 3,400 hours of overtime.

One of the staff will be hired early, but running al...