CROWN POINT | Lake Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak has the "help wanted" sign out for a qualified registered nurse who will work for $36,580 a year.
However, he has found a chief deputy who he will pay $75,000.
Stefaniak, who took over the court and juvenile detention center late last year, asked the Lake County Council on Thursday to approve both salaries.
He said the chief deputy, whom he didn't identify, will do just about all the jobs in his court, "except be a judge."
Stefaniak said he has been looking for a nurse who will be on call "24/7, 365 days a year."
"We want somebody who isn't just out of school, who has had life experiences, who has to deal with children who may have been neglected or abused," he said.
Stefaniak said he thought Correctional Health Indiana, which has provided health care for adult inmates in the county jail for the last two years, could extend its services to his juvenile detention center, too. However, the company wanted more than he could provide, he said.
Correctional Health Indiana is being paid $3.82 million this year by the county for its services in the jail.
Stefaniak said two licensed practical nurses now care for the juveniles in detention.