Commissioners to consider chief deputy changes

Appointing Reed; Depew to retire

NEW ULM — Brown County commissioners will consider the resignation of Chief Deputy Sheriff Steve Depew and the appointment of Jeremy Reed as chief deputy sheriff on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Depew began Brown County employment as deputy sheriff/court security officer on Sept. 26, 2018 and was appointed chief deputy sheriff Jan. 1, 2019. He gave his resignation Sept. 10, 2021 after 28 1/2 years in law enforcement.

Commissioners will consider sheriff’s office investigator Jeremy Reed’s leave of absence request to assume the chief deputy job from Oct. 1, 2021 to the end of Brown County Sheriff Jason Seidl’s four-year term of office with reinstatement to a similar position if available.

In addition, commissioner will consider authorizing the sheriff’s office investigator position according to policy and contract.

Commissioners will also consider approving:

• Hiring a temporary substitute Heartland Express bus driver from an eligible candidate list for unfilled routes up to Dec. 31, 2021 due to an employee’s leave of absence, to avoid scheduling conflicts and overtime.

• Submission of a $30,000 grand application to the Families First Children’s Collaborative on or before Oct. 1, 2021. Grant funds are available for organizations to expand prevention and early intervention services to at-risk families and children.

The grant request would help support the universal contact home visiting program (a home visit offered to every Brown County family after they deliver, adopt, or are new to the area with young children), and follow along program (a screening tool that helps families monitor if their child is meeting developmental and social emotional milestones from age 4 months to age 3, and connects families to early help resources if needed).

• Setting a 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 4, 2021 hearing in the law enforcement training room for a preliminary engineer’s report for County Ditch 44 improvements.

Public notices will be mailed to petitioners, property owners, and political subdivisions likely affected by the proposed project in the preliminary survey report at least 10 days before the hearing.

• The county board meeting begins at 9 a.m., Sept. 28 in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@



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