MOUNT VERNON — Active threat self-defense training for county employees topped the discussion when the Knox County elected officials met Thursday morning at the Knox County Service Center. Knox County Commissioner Teresa Bemiller is asking all county staff to schedule a time to attend the 90-minute training, conducted by Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell and sheriff’s captain Jay Sheffer.
“We want to address being more safe in the workplace,” said Bemiller. “We know a lot of things do happen, and we think it’s best if our employees know how to handle a situation if something occurs.”
“They did an excellent job. It was well worth it,” said county auditor Jonette Curry who recently attended the training session. “My staff walked away saying there hasn’t been another training that’s been as impressive as this. It gave you a lot of things to think about.” Curry added that this program is also being promoted in local schools.
Knox County Treasurer Shelly Coon announced at the meeting that delinquent tax bills will be sent out in the next couple of weeks. Her office staff would like to give taxpayers the opportunity to pay their taxes before the delinquent list is published in the News. Deadline for delinquency is Oct. 25.
Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher announced he is advertising to hire a new legal assistant. While county department heads often are faced with the process of reviewing resumes and job applications, discussion took place with suggestions of utilizing the services of Emily Marth in the human resources office or the services of Opportunity Knox Employment Center.
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