Friese hired as new Bennett County Highway Superintendent

By Taylor Risse

On Wednesday, March 11, the Bennett County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to interview a highway superintendent prospect.

The board went into immediate executive session with Justin Friese and State’s Attorney Sarah Harris for personnel. Rocky Risse later entered the executive session.

Once the meeting was decarled back in session, the board asked for any public comment regarding the highway superintedent position.

Bennett County Treasurer asked the board if Terry Smokov would be allowed to help her with the FEMA paper work that is left since he did it all to begin with.

Harris suggested Smokov help as a consultant and be paid out the professional fees budget.

The board decided to pay Smokov as a consultant at an hourly wage of $14.50. 

Auditor Angie Hicks put the matter on the agenda for the next meeting so a motion can be made.

The hire of Justin Friese as Bennett County Highway Superintendent was approved at $45,000 a year with a three month probation effective March 17, 2020.

Chairman Jeff Slattery brought to the board a question from City Foreman Paul Noel. Noel wanted to know if the county wants them to leave the retaining wall to the east of the courthouse when they tear down the old Martin Addiction Recovery Center building. The board decided to leave the wall for mowing purposes.

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be March 18, at 9:30 a.m.

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