[Audio] Board Approves Policing Contract for Windemere Township, Raises Concerns
The Pine County Sheriff’s department will send extra patrols to Windemere Township. The county board unanimously approved a policing contract, Tuesday, with the northern Pine County township. The Sheriff’s Office will provide two shifts a week to Windemere.
Pine County Chief Deputy Steve Ovick tells Red Rock Radio, that the cost of putting a deputy on duty is roughly $70 an hour. This includes the cost of wages, benefits, vehicle maintenance, gas, and insurance. Windemere and the three cities (Hinckley, Pine City, and Sandstone) that contract with the Sheriff’s Department pay $37 per hour for the services.
County Commissioner Steve Hallan raised his concerns at Tuesday’s meeting.
Commissioner Doug Carlson said he thinks the approved contract will spark a rise in other townships requesting contracts in the future.
Sheriff Mark Mansavage says because of the crime activity in the area, it is a worthwhile contract.
Mansavage says the Sheriff’s Department is going to review the rates of contracting the Sheriff’s Department services to individuals cities and townships this summer.