Sheriff dealing with jail staff issues

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Martin County Sheriff’s Department has had to deal with some adversity among its jail staff the past few months.

Despite spending some time recently in the Faribault County Jail, Sheriff Jeff Markquart says Beau Karge is still employed as a jailer.

According to court documents, Blue Earth police officer Tharen Haugh stopped Karge at 540 4th St. in Frost around 9:32 a.m. on June 24.

Court papers say that Karge, 40, of Frost was arrested and then transported to the county jail.

Karge was issued a citation and has been charged with domestic abuse — violate order for protection. He has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 8.

At his initial court appearance, Karge was released without bond and the following conditions:

  • ordered not to use alcohol or controlled substances except prescribed medications;
  • may be subject to random drug testing;
  • must attend future court hearings;
  • and remain in contact with his attorney.

On another matter, Markquart says that Martin County commissioners accepted the resignation of jail administrator Mark Geerdes effective April 2.

Markquart would not say if Geerdes’ resignation was the result of an investigation into a complaint or violation of personnel policies.

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