The Board of Commissioners retained its current department heads and made appointments to several county boards during its first meeting of the year Friday.

The appointments will last until 2015, at which time the commissioners again will consider the contracts.

The list includes: Wil Goering, county attorney; Larry Andress, weights and measures inspector; Joe DeVito, veteran service officer; Richard Armstrong, building inspector; Darrell Gayle, highway superintendent; Wanda Welch, highway clerk; Jenny Slover, animal shelter director; John Hendrix, 911 coordinator; Susan Carter, IT director.

The commissioners also voted to appoint Mark Cash as this year's board president. The appointment lasts until 2015. Commissioner Tom Pietrykowski was the board president in 2013.

In other business:

• Pietrykowski reported that the Poole Group, the construction firm building the new extension office at the 4-H Fairgrounds, has set a completion date for the end of February.

Pietrykowski said crews are currently installing drywall inside the facility and will be ready to paint in about a week.

• Auditor Celeste Reed said the county already has turned away dozens of people attempting to illegally dump trash at county drop-off locations. The county agreed to add part-time security to help oversee the sites.

The sites are open to residents who have a trash card. The cards are available for purchase in the auditor's office at the Courthouse for $40.

• Sheriff John Wallace received approval to pursue quotes for a new heat exchange system at the Jefferson County Jail. The current unit is more than nine years old - five years past its warranty - and beginning to fail. Wallace said the units cost about $30,000, adding that there is money available in the county's cumulative capital projects fund.

• Wallace also announced that Preston Thomas, Jefferson County's first Drug Court graduate, was hired for part-time maintenance work at the jail. Wallace said Thomas was one of the jail's most dependable trustees as an inmate and that he would be a good fit for the job.