CROWN POINT — Lake County has its 'help wanted' sign out to fill positions ranging from deputy director to a seasonal employee.
The Lake County Assessor's office and the E-911 Department as well as county government officials of parks and recreation, courts and jail are asking the County Council to fill job vacancies.
Mark Swiderski, the county's E-911 director, said he wants to add a second deputy director to oversee the operations of the department's staff of telephone and radio dispatchers.
Swiderski said he will retain Jack Allendorf as deputy director of support services, which includes oversight of the department's radio communications infrastructure. Each deputy director would earn $77,250 annually.
Swiderski said he finally achieved a full complement of 95 dispatchers after months of chronic understaffing, but now must replace one who resigned recently.
Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak will soon interview replacements for former magistrate Terry A. Wilson, former referee Teresa Hollandsworth and former probational officer Maria Magana.
He said 29 applicants have applied for the magistrate and referee positions. He also must replace juvenile detention and security officers.
Circuit Court Judge Marissa McDermott needs a new bailiff and the court's clerk seasonal employee. A Superior Court secretarial position is vacant and the jail needs to replace a civilian clerk and cook.
The county employs 1,864 full-time and 2,704 part-time and seasonal employees. Their base salaries amount to $76.6 million.
The county weights and measures department, which ensures the accuracy of gasoline pumps and commercial scales, wants to purchase computer notebooks to replace their handwritten reports with on-site computer-generated reports as well as a van truck.
The weights and measures department has six employees, according to the county budget.
Councilman Dan Dernulc, R-Crown Point, asked, "Why do they need an eight-passenger van?"
The council will meet Tuesday in regular session to vote on these requests.
They are also being asked to approve spending $4.5 million of a state government grant on county highway road improvement projects later this year.
They also may approve an ordinance to borrow $12 million to continue removing asbestos, installing security and modernizing the four-decade-old County Government Center.
The council voted 4-2 last month to declare a need for the $12 million bond issue. Republicans Dernulc and Councilman Eldon Strong, R-Crown Point, oppose authorizing further debt.