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Budget Breakout: Nobles County Public Safety

$4,321,257 What it is: This is the amount Nobles County budgeted for public safety in 2017. What it was last year: $4,195,785. Total county budget: $34,393,328. Percentage of total budget: 12.56 percent How it's used: Money in the sheriff's budge...

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Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening. (Tim Middagh/Daily Globe)
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$4,321,257

What it is: This is the amount Nobles County budgeted for public safety in 2017.

What it was last year: $4,195,785.

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Total county budget: $34,393,328.

Percentage of total budget: 12.56 percent

How it’s used: Money in the sheriff’s budget is used to pay the salaries for deputies and correctional (Nobles County Jail) staff, as well as for daily operations of both the sheriff’s office and the county jail. Much of the increase in the budget from 2016 to 2017 is due to staff wage increases.

Grant leverage: The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office generates revenue by serving civil papers and housing inmates for other counties and the state of Minnesota. When state and federal grants are available, we apply for them and do our best to secure those funds.

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Number of staff members: 37.8 full-time equivalent


More information: While much of the budget increase for 2017 is to cover cost of living adjustments for employees, Nobles County commissioners approved as part of the 2017 budget the hiring of one new position. Sheriff Kent Wilkening said a new correctional officer position will be created after the first of the year. That position will primarily provide court security.

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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