Sheriff: Jail needs more staff

Lake estimates 5 positions need to be added as new facility opens in 2024

 

July 28, 2023

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Sheriff Kelly Lake predicts a 10-percent staffing increase for the public safety department, including three additional corrections officers to help staff the new jail at the $75 million justice center under construction in Carlton.

Sheriff Kelly Lake requested five additional staffers in 2024 during Monday's budget presentations to the Carlton County board.

In outlining a nearly 10 percent staffing increase for the public safety department, Lake asked for three additional corrections officers to help staff the new jail that's part of the new $75 million justice center under construction in Carlton.

On the sheriff's office side, Lake argued for another investigator and a civilian data analyst to help handle the influx of computer and web-based evidence being processed as part of nearly every criminal investigation.

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