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    Anyone else apply for Steele County? If so, have you heard anything? Anyone know how many applications they recieved? I'm sure a lot. Any info would be appreciated.

  • #2
    I applied but have not heard anything.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LawMan1451 View Post
      I applied but have not heard anything.
      +1

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WoodburyMNLEO09 View Post
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        I spoke with the Sheriff and he said they are still in the process of going through the 221 applications.

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        • #5
          County assigns deputy to court security
          By: Wendy Reuer

          Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 9:36 pm

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          By WENDY REUER

          wreuer@owatonna.com



          OWATONNA — Instead of a new job, it will just be a new assignment for a Steele County Sheriff’s deputy.

          Sheriff Don Gudmundson was given the OK by the Steele County Board of Commissioners to assign a licensed officer to the Steele County Courthouse.

          “Currently, what we do is use special deputies to provide courthouse security,” Gudmundson said. “I think they do a very nice job.”

          But Gudmundson said in today’s world, anything can happen — especially in a court room where tempers can flare and emotions can become raw. Because of this, he said there is a need for an armed, licensed officer.

          “The courthouse is a beautiful old building, but it wasn’t designed with security in mind all those years ago,” Gudmundson said.

          Gudmundson said although no specific incident caused the interest in heightened security, he did not want to wait for one to happen before securing the property.

          For a time, the courthouse even ran with no security. It was about four years ago when then-sheriff Gary Ringhofer agreed to schedule special deputies for courthouse duty.

          “Our office unanimously agrees that is a good step to have. It’s not a nod against the special deputies, because they have been a good presence there,” said Steele County Attorney Dan McIntosh. “There have been enough instances, whether at our courthouse or other courthouses around the state, to justify this move. We were very appreciative that the sheriff was willing to dedicate an officer to the courthouse.”

          Instead of hiring or adding a deputy, Gudmundson will use a new hire and assign the hours. He said he will also retain special deputies at the courthouse to ensure coverage of both courtrooms.

          Gudmundson and McIntosh said the courtrooms are not necessarily dangerous due only to alleged criminals or in-custody attendees. Citizens who appear in court for family or civil matters can become a risk as well.

          “The people who come over there in custody are usually very well behaved. They don’t pose a problem, but family court cases are traditionally the most heated and have kind of evolved into the most violent cases there are,” McIntosh said. “So it’s very unpredictable in that way and that’s why having a licensed, armed officer there on scene is a big safety benefit.”

          Other steps have also been taken to provide added security at the courthouse.

          “We’ve already taken some steps and we have a few more in mind,” Gudmundson said. “You never want to be a headline in someone else’s paper. The world has changing and continues to. You want people to know Owatonna and Steele County for all the good things it has to offer, not because they heard about it because of an incident.”



          Wendy Reuer can be reached at 444-1565.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Berc View Post
            County assigns deputy to court security
            By: Wendy Reuer

            Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 9:36 pm

            Email Print
            By WENDY REUER

            wreuer@owatonna.com

            Just another thing that Gudmundson has taken from Dakota County and brought to Steele. He's making a lot of changes down there from what I've heard. You can expect there to be more before he leaves at the beginning of the year.

            OWATONNA — Instead of a new job, it will just be a new assignment for a Steele County Sheriff’s deputy.

            Sheriff Don Gudmundson was given the OK by the Steele County Board of Commissioners to assign a licensed officer to the Steele County Courthouse.

            “Currently, what we do is use special deputies to provide courthouse security,” Gudmundson said. “I think they do a very nice job.”

            But Gudmundson said in today’s world, anything can happen — especially in a court room where tempers can flare and emotions can become raw. Because of this, he said there is a need for an armed, licensed officer.

            “The courthouse is a beautiful old building, but it wasn’t designed with security in mind all those years ago,” Gudmundson said.

            Gudmundson said although no specific incident caused the interest in heightened security, he did not want to wait for one to happen before securing the property.

            For a time, the courthouse even ran with no security. It was about four years ago when then-sheriff Gary Ringhofer agreed to schedule special deputies for courthouse duty.

            “Our office unanimously agrees that is a good step to have. It’s not a nod against the special deputies, because they have been a good presence there,” said Steele County Attorney Dan McIntosh. “There have been enough instances, whether at our courthouse or other courthouses around the state, to justify this move. We were very appreciative that the sheriff was willing to dedicate an officer to the courthouse.”

            Instead of hiring or adding a deputy, Gudmundson will use a new hire and assign the hours. He said he will also retain special deputies at the courthouse to ensure coverage of both courtrooms.

            Gudmundson and McIntosh said the courtrooms are not necessarily dangerous due only to alleged criminals or in-custody attendees. Citizens who appear in court for family or civil matters can become a risk as well.

            “The people who come over there in custody are usually very well behaved. They don’t pose a problem, but family court cases are traditionally the most heated and have kind of evolved into the most violent cases there are,” McIntosh said. “So it’s very unpredictable in that way and that’s why having a licensed, armed officer there on scene is a big safety benefit.”

            Other steps have also been taken to provide added security at the courthouse.

            “We’ve already taken some steps and we have a few more in mind,” Gudmundson said. “You never want to be a headline in someone else’s paper. The world has changing and continues to. You want people to know Owatonna and Steele County for all the good things it has to offer, not because they heard about it because of an incident.”



            Wendy Reuer can be reached at 444-1565.
            Just another thing Gudmundson has taken from Dakota County and brought to Steele. I've heard he's been making a lot of changes and I would expect there will be more before he leaves at the beginning of the year.
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            • #7
              So the new hire will be placed in the courts? Thanks for all the good info guys...

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              • #8
                anyone hear back from Steele?... I have not.

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                • #9
                  When and why did he go to Steele County? I knew him when he was sheriff in Fillmore. He is a great speaker too.

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                  • #10
                    Haven't heard a word.

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                    • #11
                      Got a letter today... interview coming up. Good luck to all! (although I hope I do a little bit better :-) )

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                      • #12
                        Had my "10 Minute Intro/Interview" yesterday. They said they got over 200 applications and narrowed that down to 94 to interview. 5 no shows and 3 cancellations, so I guess the list was down to 86. Only hiring one and possibly two. Next step some time in October.

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