Moody County Commissioners this past week agreed to an increase in pay for election workers after gaining a better understanding of the lengthy day they face each election, and as ongoing challenges remain for workers with the pandemic.
The Commissioners agreed to raise pay from $130/day to $200/day for the approximate 50 workers that work a 7am-7pm shift.
The new rate goes into effect immediately and will apply this year to the two elections scheduled for June and November. County officials will begin looking for volunteers in the coming months. Workers must be registered voters and each polling location must have a certain make up of poll workers from each party. For anyone interested in working the polls, contact the Auditor office.
Also heard at the January 4th meeting of the Commissioners:
Another reading of the ordinance outlining new voter districts in Moody County. There are only minor changes proposed in Flandreau and Lynn Townships (see map) — in Flandreau Township, this is due largely to a growing population north of town. The changes could mean different polling places for residents in these areas or that you may be voting for a different Commissioner.
The challenge of hiring anyone for the 911 Coordinator position. The position was vacated in December with the retirement of Terry Albers, this was part of his position. The Commissioners had previously discussed whether this should fall under Chief Deputy Ken Prorok’s duties. Prorok has started to assume day-to-day responsibilities. The Commissioners and the Sheriff feel that ideally the job should be handled by someone at the Sheriff’s office.
The recommendation that Marty Skroch be rehired as the new Commission Assistant as the current Assistant, Tawny Heinemann moves into her new role as Interim Auditor. The motion passed. Skroch is scheduled to start on January 18th.
The resignation of Jesse Gaspar from the Highway Dept effective Jan 14.