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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Bismarck-area leaders look to manage growing pains

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say growth in Bismarck and Burleigh County is putting a strain on staff and resources.


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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say growth in Bismarck and Burleigh County is putting a strain on staff and resources.
    Burleigh County commissioners say county department heads are requesting that 17 new employees be hired, including 12 positions directly related to the oil boom.
    Law enforcement is at the top of the list.
    The county sheriff plans to request money in the next budget for four new corrections officers and six new deputies. County prosecutors say they're on pace to handle 250 more felony cases than a year ago, and need to bump up its staff of attorneys from nine to 14.
    County commissioner Jim Peluso says the staff demands will likely result in tax increases.
    The Bismarck Tribune  reports that population in the county has increased by about 2,000 people since 2010.

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