The Rush County Commissioners met Monday and heard from Rush County Treasurer Cindy Humphrey, who requested permission to hire a deputy director for her office. Humphrey explained that the treasure’s budget reflects funding for the position and a part-time position is not really an option. Following a brief discussion, Humphrey was given permission to begin the hiring process, contingent on county council approval.
Clean Green Rush director Carole Yeend reported that the county’s website (www.rushcounty.in.gov) has experienced recent compatibility issues and as a result visitors to the website may have problems navigating to some of the links. According to Yeend, county IT Randy Herbert is aware of the problem and is working to get it resolved.
Teri Nigh, representing the Rush County Health Department, requested that the county re-approve the health department’s contact with Heather English. English has served as the health department’s facilitator for Medical Reserve Corps Grants.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a network of community-based units established by local organizations to meet the public health needs of their communities. It is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States.
The MRC consists of medical and non-medical volunteers who contribute to local health initiatives, such as activities meeting the Surgeon General’s priorities for public health, and supplement existing response capabilities in time of emergency.
The MRC provides the structure necessary to pre-identify, credential, train, and activate medical and public health volunteers.
The monetary compensation for the position is $400 monthly for six months a year.
Nigh said the grant provides necessary funding for the local health department.
Following discussion, the commissioners granted Nigh’s request.
In a final matter, Rush County Sheriff Jeff Sherwood said the inmate population at the Rush County Jail remains high with the facility housing 44 inmates; five sentenced, four are serving Indiana Department of Correction time, one is serving a locally imposed jail sentence and five inmates are being held without bond.
Sherwood then turned his attention to the Feb. 16 jail break in which inmate Tony Shreve walked away from the jail.
“He is still at large, although the vehicle used in the escape has been found in South Carolina. Within the next couple of days, I will be going there and bringing it back to Rush County,” Sherwood said.
The commissioners meet every two weeks at 9 a.m. in the commissioner room located on the lower level of the courthouse. The next meeting is March 11.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106