Gasconade County Commission | New

Commissioner President Miskel questions Sheriff Scott Eiler about a contract Clerk Lietzow gave him between the MRPC and his department. concerning a COPSFAST grant application; since this was the first time he had heard of it, he told Sheriff Eiler that he should have spoken with the Commission first about the grant he was interested in and that his department. may need help from MRPC. Normally, the MRPC would then have contacted the Commission about the request to use the remaining hours this year, which starts again in July, the county having 16. Sheriff Eiler explained that COPSFAST is a hiring subsidy where the full salary and benefits are paid for one year, then in the second year a portion is paid, and in the 3rd year even less, so in the 4th year the county will have to pay the full amount of salary and benefits; he would like to hire 3 officers under this program, which by the time they are fully paid by the county, the law enforcement sales tax will be well established and his plan was to hire 3 anyway. Commissioner President Miskel said that while he understands the theory, the cost for 3 officers is more than salary and benefits i.e. a car, equipment and uniforms. Commissioner Lairmore asked these 3 new recruits if any of them would be able to serve as full-time courthouse security, which is very important to anyone who was at the meeting a few years ago. weeks and Sheriff Eiler said no, that would have to be acting acting in that civil office. Sheriff Eiler said he has reviewed his budget and can pay the MRPC administrative services for their assistance in this process. Although the Commission’s issues were not resolved, they gave Sheriff Eiler permission to proceed, including using MRPC hours.

Angela Hirsch and Victoria McBride of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Jefferson City, wanted to introduce themselves to the Commission and provide information about the support they provide to 9 counties, including Gasconade; they shared some 2021 statistics on the services they provided to those in need, including domestic violence and sexual abuse shelters, counseling and advocacy services. Their work is primarily as advocacy advocates, providing education to survivors and schools and community leaders, including helping children who are having trouble at home and visiting homes to determine if they are safe. If requested by law enforcement, they will be on site to provide support to survivors. Commissioner Holland was familiar with their services from working with a local resident who works in this capacity. They are funded from the Victims of Crime Act and county fees that have been established; unfortunately, as treasurer Mike Feagan said, that’s not a lot of money raised; he said there is another facility, Turning Point, which also serves residents of Gasconade County, and the Commission has decided to divide the amount that can be awarded to each agency based on usage, which is quite close to equality. Jenny Schneider, Judge Ada Brehe-Krueger’s Clerk and Carlie Isaak, Assistant Circuit Clerk, were present at the Commission meeting and were eager to hear more about what they were offering and were happy to have a point of view. contact and information because they are the employees who manage the work in these situations; the ladies provided all the brochures and information they brought so they could

Aurora J. William