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.