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Commissioners Approve Zuercher App Purchase For Sheriff’s Office

At the regular meeting Feb. 6, the Roosevelt County Commissioners approved numerous items including pay raises, hires, purchases and a subscription to the Zuercher cell phone app for the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office approached the commissioners asking permission to subscribe to the mobile app Zuercher.
Zuercher is a field ops program which can be used on a mobile phone to upload photos, field notes and more directly to a case file. It would also allow dispatch to check on their deputies, according to the RCSO.
The RCSO already uses the PC version of Zuercher for records management.
Zuercher’s website states that “We’re empowering public safety professionals in the important work they do by raising the bar for what they can expect from their software.” The site provides the following description for the app: “Our Zuercher Suite product is comprehensive, technically advanced system that encompasses computer-aided dispatch, mapping, records management, mobile CAD and records, jail management, civil process administration and much more.”
“We’re on a mission to make a significant, positive impact on the public safety software industry,” says Zuercher. “We’re driving hard toward that mission and expanding our reach as more and more agencies choose Zuercher.”
The cost of the app is a $2,500 initial setup in addition to a $2,520 annual subscription per year.
Presiding officer Gary Macdonald said that he was under the impression that their new phones would do this.
The RCSO was granted approval by the commissioners back in December to switch their wireless provider to AT&T from Verizon Wireless. RCSO was offered a better deal through AT&T which included new work-issued smartphones for all RCSO employees.
One of the selling points, according to RCSO, when this deal was pitched to the commissioners was they would be able to access databases and upload evidence from the field. At that time, no indication was given that this would incur additional costs.
The commissioners approved the app for the 17 sheriff’s office employees and three dispatchers. The cost for the app was within the RCSO’s budget.
Ten employees were granted raises: Rachael Parkler, dispatch; Amy Paul, dispatch; Torri Bell, jail; Denise Drew, jail; Joshua Miller, jail; Mary Vine, jail; Rusty Parker, jail; Christa Wagner, attorney’s office; Brandi Lee, clerk of court; and Brittany Deavila, health department.
Other approved items include:
•A new junk vehicle contract has been signed. A Capitol Improvements Plan to put the junk vehicle monies into will be set up in the future.
•At a special meeting Jan. 26, the commissioners gave approval for Montana-Dakota Utilities to switch the street lights in Brockton from older sodium based lights to energy-efficient LED lights. Minutes were approved at this meeting.
•The commissioners agreed to draft a letter of support for the City of Wolf Point in their pursuit of a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks grant to improve the community swimming pool. The commissioners noted that any member of the public or organization can write them a letter of support. The request was made by Interstate Engineering’s John Bach who works with both the city and the county.
•New furniture was approved for purchase for the justice of the peace courtroom. Two filing cabinets, two bookshelves and 36 chairs will be purchased for approximately $8,600.
•A motion to install two lights in the front of the Roosevelt County Courthouse for $6,000 died on the table. The commissioners’ reasoning was that $6,000 for two lights was simply too expensive. Other possible solutions will be pursued.
•Frank A. Piocos was hired as the new deputy county attorney. He will start March 1.
•Minutes for the month of January and the regular public meeting Jan. 23 were approved.