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Commissioners take no action on deputy request
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WORTHINGTON -- With continued concerns about the 2011 budget, Nobles County Commissioners took no action Tuesday morning on a request by Sheriff Kent Wilkening to replace a deputy sheriff's position within the department.


Wilkening has been a deputy short of a 12-member staff since the end of May, when his night sergeant retired. Commissioners approved filling that position from within, and when Wilkening moved his full-time investigator into the slot, commissioners then allowed him to fill the investigator position from within.

With both of those transitions now complete, it leaves a patrol deputy position vacant.

"In my budget proposal, I did request this position for 2011," Wilkening told the board. "If this position isn't replaced, I need to start making changes in my schedule for the deputies. I'm also going to have to make arrangements to cover shifts with overtime because I'm not going to leave these guys out there by themselves."

More information will be available in tomorrow's Daily Globe.

Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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