Harold Bengsch

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Greene County officials are reviewing how renovations to its jail can hold enough prisoners to meet current and future demand and at what cost.

It comes after last week’s report by jail and prison consultant Bill Garnos. His study provided estimated needs for the jail over the next 20 years.

Greene County Courthouse
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Greene County employees will receive a cost of living adjustment of three percent effective in October. The announcement on Thursday by the Greene County Commission marks the first salary adjustment for county staff in six years.

In a letter to employees, the commission noted that its fund balance is now at a level which allows for the pay raise. Credited was the advancement of its employee financial literacy goals and dedication and sacrifice of its workers.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
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Upon finalizing the 2014 budget Friday, Greene County officials say they’ve managed to avoid cutting nearly 20 jobs that were originally on the chopping block. However, eight will be eliminated as part of $1.1 million in budget reductions.  KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch says they were able to preserve some essential positions by moving them into other areas, including the recent law enforcement sales tax fund.