Dodge County Leaders Hear Employee Recruitment Efforts From Department Heads

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee heard an update Monday on efforts to fill county positions. There has been a recent push to focus more on employee recruitment and retention as several departments have had challenges filling vacant job postings. That includes the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office which had to close a jail pod in the fall due to a lack of qualified workers applying for open correctional positions.

During yesterday’s meeting, Sheriff Dale Schmidt did say there have been positive developments in recent weeks. He says they have already made several hires and possibly have a few more (quote) “in the pipeline.” The sheriff says there are three individuals currently waiting psychological exams which is the last step in their hiring process. Schmidt adds that they are running background checks on four other applicants with a couple more who are filing out the background packets. He notes applications are still coming in, just not as quickly as he would like.

Dodge County’s Health and Human Services has also struggled to find qualified workers. Director Becky Bell says they are still looking for someone to fill the vacant public health officer position. She says they did have one applicant but they pulled out of the interview process. Other openings the department is trying to fill include a fulltime nurse as well as a part-time position. Bell says they have not received any qualified applications but they remain hopeful that these openings will be filled. She adds that state officials have received their advertisements for the positions and will be distributing them across Wisconsin.

Both the sheriff’s office and human services will be at the South Central Wisconsin Career Expo presented by Good Karma Brands, 1430 WBEV, and 95X this Thursday. The expo will run from 9:30am to 3pm at the Beaver Dam High School Fieldhouse.