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Dobberteen will head Board of Commissioners

John Dobberteen will head the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners for the third consecutive year. The unanimous decision was made Tuesday at the commission’s first assembly of 2015. Dobberteen, whose jurisdiction covers the city of Sturgis and Fawn River Township, is starting his 17th year on the commission. This will be his seventh year overall as chairman. The nomination …

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Commissioners continue discussion of land acquisition

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners met in executive session last week to discuss a potential land acquisition. Administrator Pat Yoder said the property in question is in the Centreville Industrial Park and could serve in the future as a satellite location for county operations. No action was taken on the potential purchase, other than Yoder being instructed to continue …

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Commissioners reappointment panel members

During their final meeting of 2014 Tuesday, the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners made reappointments to six different panels. Returning for three-year terms to the Animal Control Advisory Board are Suzanne Lee, Laura Barley and Rick Shaffer. John Bippus was approved to continue on as a member of the St. Joseph County Road Commission Board. Bippus, who is currently …

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Commission approved new human resources director contract

The employment of Teresa Doehring as human resources director was formalized Tuesday, when the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners agreed to terms of her contract. The 40-year-old Doehring, a Mendon resident, will be paid $65,000 annually and given four weeks of vacation time. She begins the job Jan. 6. Doehring replaces Elishia Arver, who stepped down from the post …

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Board of Commissioners set first meeting of 2015

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has set the date for its first meeting of 2015. During Tuesday’s proceedings, commissioners set the meeting for 5 p.m. Jan. 6. At that time, the five-member board will set the full meeting schedule for the balance of the year. The board currently meets at 5 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of …

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Proposed Sturgis senior center concerns discussed

Members of the Sturgis City Commission expressed specific concerns this week about the proposed senior center slated for the east side of town. Nonetheless, the $2.6 million project remains on task for a groundbreaking in the spring. Jonathan Rambow, representing designer Slocum Architects of Kalamazoo, said plans for an 11,000-square-foot building, located about 350 feet south of the existing Doyle …

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Nottawa Park ownership expected to change

Ownership of Nottawa Park is expected to revert to St. Joseph County, according to county administrator Pat Yoder. Located on the east side of Sand Lake in Nottawa Township, Nottawa Park was turned over to Nottawa Township’s Board of Trustees in 2012. Yoder said the county board is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to take over ownership again. The …

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Mendon woman recommended for county human resources director

St. Joseph County administrator Pat Yoder has recommended a Mendon woman to fill the role of county human resources director. During Wednesday’s committee-of-the-whole meeting, Yoder nominated Teresa Doehring to fill the position left vacant since last month. Elishia Arver stepped down from the post to take a human resources job in the private sector. Yoder said the committee – which …

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Two finalists for St Joseph County Human Resources Director

The second of two candidates for the position of St. Joseph County human resources director is expected to confirm an interview date this week. County administrator Pat Yoder said the two finalists were chosen from a group of four people interviewed for the post. A total of 26 people applied for the job, which has been vacant since Elishia Arver …

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Proposed 2015 budget expected to be approved

Barring any major modifications in the next week and a half, St. Joseph County’s board of commissioners is expected to approve a 2015 fiscal year budget of almost $16.5 million. The proposed budget is 11.6 percent less than the 2014 budget, which is about $18.6 million. Finance director Joni Smith said three requests were made for new personnel in 2015, …

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