The Goodhue County Sheriff's Office issued a news release announcing the recipient of the Employee of the Year for their department. Kristine Holst was chosen.

Here is an excerpt from the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office news release announcing the choice on their Facebook page:

"Over the past two years, Kristine Holst has been diligently working with an entirely new administration in almost every division of the Sheriff's Office on budgetary items during several major changes.  This year Kristine's knowledge of the ADC Budget was invaluable in making the decision to close a housing unit, decrease staffing levels and jail inmate population.  Kristine's finance knowledge was evident in a major switch in inmate vending and ADC banking.  She worked on setting up financials with "Gov Pay" so that bail can now be paid online with a credit card.  Kristine was also instrumental with "Securus" and transitioning to video visitation."

"Kristine has been working closely with the Communications Captain on radio infrastructure.  She has spent time on various contracts, creating a new budget code to track radio-communications infrastructure items.  She has toured communication tower locations and has an understanding of this infrastructure so that items placed in the "Capital Plan" can be replaced."

"With this year's pandemic, Kristine has been able to find ways to manage the budget to accomodate the needs of all personal protective equipment tor all divisions of the Sheriff's Office.  She has also worked with County Finance regarding the CARES money and purchases, which included a large air ionizer for the ADC ventilation system and an ultraviolet cleaning machine."

"Kristine manages and reports for several grants in the Sheriff's Office including TZD hours, Four Seasons grants, Drug Treatment Court and most recently the COPS grant through the U.S. Department of Justice for the Community Engagement Deputy position."

The news release concludes, "There is likely something missing from this list that Kristine confidently handles.  Words cannot express how thankful we are at the Sheriff's Office to have Kristine, who is so dedicated and knowledgable in what she does on a day-to-day basis.  For all those reasons listed here and more, Kristine Holst is the 2020 Goodhue County Sheriff's Office Employee of the Year.

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