Tadman will succeed the retiring Erickson.

At the Polk County Commissioner's Board meeting on Tuesday, March 5, the commissioner's granted Sheriff Barb Erdman and staff to go ahead with plans to upgrade the county's 911 system to a new ARMER radio system. This upgrade will pave the way for much improved radio coverage for a multitude of area emergency response agencies.  

    Grant money from the state is available to assist in covering some of the expenses of the upgrade. Polk County is currently in a good position to receive a portion of these funds, which may make the difference between upgrading the four existing computer counsels or the purchase of new three counsels.

    Erdman was also given the go-ahead to appoint James Tadman as chief deputy sheriff after Karl Erickson retires at the end of March.