Crow Wing County Board Settles With Law Enforcement Union, Hears Vaccine Updates in January 26 Meeting
(BRAINERD, MN) — The Crow Wing County Board met for the second time in the month of January on Tuesday, discussing a range of topics that ended with some spirited debate over holiday pay for police officers.
One of the first big agenda items was the proposal to hold a public hearing to amend an ATV ordinance.
The hearing was approved and scheduled for February 23.
The board then got an update regarding the vaccine situation as it currently stands in Crow Wing County from administrator Tim Houle, who expressed satisfaction at how things are being handled at the local level.
The agenda item that drew the most discussion, however, was that of a settlement agreement with the sheriff’s union. As part of the agreement, the union would bow to the county’s interpretation of holiday compensation, but would add Christmas Eve as a full day’s worth of holiday pay.
Commissioner Paul Koering spoke out against the proposed agreement, urging his fellow commissioners to vote against it, citing fears that other unions representing county workers would follow suit and demand extra days of holiday pay.
After that, Sherriff Scott Goddard spoke, showing support for the settlement, but declined to get into specific details.
Ultimately, the settlement was passed via a 3-2 vote among the commissioners, with Koering and Rosemary Franzen giving the dissenting votes.
The full Crow Wing County board meeting from January 26 can be viewed here.