County gives OK to security/deputy hire

Friday, August 12, 2022
Carl McIntyre

PLYMOUTH CO. — After the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors put a decision on hold last week to hire a full-time court security/special deputy, the board took action at its Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting.

The new position would replace Craig Bartolozzi, former county deputy, who had been working part-time for the sheriff’s office serving in a courtroom security capacity.

It was at the Aug. 2 meeting when Sheriff Jeff TeBrink and Bartolozzi’s recommended replacement, Carl McIntyre, addressed the board regarding specific details of the position. McIntyre has been working for the sheriff’s office part-time for the past year and a half.

At Tuesday’s meeting, TeBrink addressed the board by starting the discussion about how the new position would be funded.

“I met with Stacey (Feldman, Plymouth County auditor) last week. We decided the best way to probably go was to take 37.5 percent out of the part-time deputy fund, which is where Carl’s wages are currently being taken out of, 37.5 percent from the part-time jailers line item, so that will come from the corrections budget, and 25 percent from the inmate reimbursement fund,” TeBrink shared.

The reimbursement fund is that which Bartolozzi’s salary was taken from.

“The reimbursement fund receives revenue when restitution is paid through the court and is trickled down to the county for room and board,” Feldman explained. “It’s about a $20-$25,000 annual revenue stream and the expenses going out at 25 percent of the total cost of the position,  which will be around a $19-$20,000 expense. It should cash flow itself.”

The position’s main duties would be to provide courtroom security first and foremost, with secondary duties to be assisting with prisoner transports, as well as using McIntyre to fill shifts on the roads when the department is short handed.

“Carl would be on site any jury trial, domestic abuse trials, protection order hearings, and occasionally a civil case when there’s tension between family members,” TeBrink informed the board last week.

The salary package presented to the board was $76,074.50, and included shift differential, insurance, FICA, IPERS, clothing allowance, and holiday bonus pay.

McIntyre relocated to Le Mars to be closer to his wife, Janice’s family. He spent 30 years in law enforcement in Pennsylvania in various capacities and he also has become certified in the State of Iowa.

Supervisor Mike VanOtterloo made the position to approve the position as presented, with Supervisor Gary Horton seconding it. The board voted unanimously to add the full-time position.

TeBrink said an official start date is yet to be determined as McIntyre had to put in his notice with his current employer.

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