MARINETTE — There was a possible homicide over Labor Day weekend.

Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve, reported to the Public Services Committee Tuesday, that a severe beating that took place over the weekend may turn into a homicide. According to Sauve, “We could end up with a homicide here if this person doesn’t make it.” Sauve did not offer any more information on the case.

Sauve also reported that the sheriff’s office has made a job offer for to a new corrections officer and, if accepted, the jail will finally be fully staffed. The department is also in the process of hiring two deputy sheriffs.

Sauve reported many difficulties in recruiting people to work in law enforcement, “We aren’t recruiting like we once were, it’s a challenge for us, but we are working to bring good candidates aboard.”

When asked why the recruiting is so difficult, “I think it’s a combination of things, I think where law enforcement is right now in this country, I don’t think we are a sought after profession. The work and everything we are exposed to really puts people off,” said Sauve.

The Marinette County Medical Examiner Kalynn Van Ermen gave her office’s July and August report. “We’ve been running around like crazy, in July we’ve had seven autopsies, that is probably the most we have had in a month since I started here a little over a year and a half ago.”

“We did have one case of an overdose, which is Marinette County’s first overdose in 2020 and we are currently at six COVID deaths, per public health,” said Van Ermen. As of Tuesday night, Marinette County had seven confirmed COVID-19 deaths, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Van Ermen also reported that there has been a slight rise in suicides from this time last year. “We have seven so far as of today, at this time last year we only had five. There is one that we can confirm was likely related to lay-offs from the COVID-19 pandemic, based on our investigations. The other six don’t have any correlation to COVID,” said Van Ermen.

The next Public Service Committee meeting will take place in the jury assembly room at the Marinette county courthouse, on Oct. 6, at 1:30 p.m.