Midland fills environmental health director, senior IT positions

Grant approved for $7,500 to help debris clean-up


Midland County will gain two new staff members and thousands of dollars to fund clean-up efforts, following this week’s county board meeting.

During a regular meeting on Tuesday, the Midland County Board of Commissioners approved hiring requests for two staff positions — an environmental health director and a senior IT engineer — at above the starting salary rate.

“The candidates have plenty of years of experience for both of these (positions), therefore they are a fit for the grade that we’re trying to bring them in at,” said Commissioner Eric Dorrien, addressing concerns he had heard in the past in regard to bringing in new employees above the standard starting rate. “Neither is at the top of the (pay rate) scale, so no budget adjustment needs to be done.”

Per county policy, the candidates for both positions were not named at the meeting.

Commissioners also voted unanimously to accept a grant award in the amount of $7,500 from DuPont Specialty Products. The purpose of the grant is to assist with debris removal throughout the county park system resulting from the mid-Michigan dam failures of May 2020.

During the meeting, commissioner Gaye Terwillegar thanked DuPont for making a contribution back to the Midland County community.

Commissioners approved an agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for a community development block grant, under the MEDC agreed to reimburse Midland County up to $284,627 to help recover from unexpected costs related to COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

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