Dickinson Supervisors Approve Hiring Special Investigator; Approve Request To Build Communications Tower On County-Owned Land

Tue 1-9-2018

            (Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson county board of supervisors this (Tues.) morning voted five to nothing to approve the hiring of Hillary Henningsen as an investigating deputy for the county. Henningsen will be employed by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office and will be working out of the County Attorney's Office. Henningsen has lived in Milford the past three years. She previously was an officer and detective with the Omaha Police Department. She officially starts Thursday. Officials with the County Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office say having the new position will greatly help address a growing backlog of cases.

The supervisors also approved a request from Dickinson County Emergency Management to construct a 130 foot tall communications tower adjacent to the county's new maintenance building just east of Milford. Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret told the supervisors the tower will improve communications in Milford for law enforcement and fire and rescue crews. The tower has received the needed approval from aviation officials. The county's Board of Adjustment is scheduled to act on a conditional use permit for it in the near future.

Funding for the tower and putting it up will come through the county's 911 commission.

Ehret told the supervisors plans are also in the works to improve radio communications in the eastern part of the county in 2019.