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County may create public works department

By Reed Anfinson
As it looks to the future organization of county government, the Swift County Board of Commissioners may be taking a new direction in the merging of two departments.
At its meeting last Tuesday, commissioners voted to eliminate the Parks, Drainage & Wetlands supervisor position. Rather than a supervisor, the county plans to hire a drainage inspector to replace current Supervisor Mike Johnson when he takes early retirement June 30.
Swift County may also be on the verge of ending its shared highway engineer position with Yellow Medicine County and create its own department of public works. A fulltime county highway engineer would then oversee highways, parks, drainage, and wetlands.
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