12/4/2012 12:52:00 PM Dodge County
sheriff's office for diffusing dangerous situation
By Gretta Becay
At their meeting Nov 27, 2012, the Dodge County Commissioners publicly thanked Sheriff Jim Jensen for the way he and his department handled a dangerous situation the week before Thanksgiving in Dodge Center when a local resident began shooting a gun. Jensen also received a round of applause from the commissioners and others at the meeting.
Jensen told the commissioners he was in Rochester at a meeting at the time of the first call reporting the incident and as he came back to Dodge Center, he called the suspect on his cell phone. The suspect calmed down and later, surrendered with little drama.
Jensen said he was surprised and pleased by the response from other law enforcement officials, including the state patrol, and the SWAT team from Rochester and Olmsted County. He said there were between 40 and 50 officers at the Dodge Center fire hall, "...ready to go," after the incident when he began speaking at the press conference and by the end of the conference, they had all quietly gone back to work.
Jensen explained that Triton school complex had not technically been in a lockdown but people were posted at each exit door to keep the students in and to guard in case law enforcement had, "...lost contact with the individual." He said the school resource officer was notified and a high alert was instituted.
He quipped that he doesn't think his daughter will be 'scarred for life' because her class was unable to go to recess. The incident was over by the time school was out, he said.
In other business, the commissioners approved issuing a request for proposal (RFP) for an electronic document management system for the financial assistance area of Human Services. Director Jane Hardwick told the commissioners the system could save the county about $52,000 over the next four years. Hardwick explained that the system allows the electronic scanning of documents, which then allows sharing between departments without the cumbersome paper copies.
Commissioners also approved:
- A $2,000 assessment for County Ditch 4 for 2013 to establish an adequate cash balance. Ditches 1, 5, and 7 are not being assessed.
- The time and equipment bid from Hodgman Drainage Company, Inc., for 2013 minor ditch repairs or maintenance as needed.
- A detour agreement with the state for the use of County State Aid Highway 4 as a detour route during construction along Highway 30 east of Hayfield next summer.- The 2013 Natural Resources Block Grant agreement.
- Accepting donations of baby blankets, baby clothes, and baby gift bags, from 'Bundles of Love,' Oronoco; Trinity Lutheran Church Women's Group, West Concord; and Holy Family Catholic Church, Kasson.
The commissioners will meet again at 9:30 p.m. Dec 11 at the courthouse. The second regular meeting in December is scheduled for Dec 26 because of the Christmas holiday.