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Approval to fill open positions

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners last week gave approval to fill a few open positions.

A candidate for the job of deputy probate register will be pursued, as it was vacated due to the retirement of Bonnie Walter. Her last day of work was Friday.

The vacant position of juvenile neglect/abuse specialist, which has been open for a month, has been filled by a temporary employee. Court administrator Kathryn Griffin indicated the position needs to be filled with a permanent employee as soon as possible.

In another personnel move, the county board agreed to the employment of Kenneth Syers Jr. as land resource data cartographer. His pay is $15.29 an hour.

Also hourly rate-of-pay increases were awarded to Julie Brenner, Kate Fair, Bernice Metzger and Alex Milliman.