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Williams County Deals With Oil Boom

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The 'explosive growth' in Williams County has 'plateaued,' and law enforcement is now in a better position to handle the 'controlled chaos.'

That's according to Sheriff Scott Busching --- who also says Williston has eased into a 'new normal.'

He says Williams County is still experiencing growth and he still sees something new everyday, but road work, resturants, hotels and housing are all starting to catch up, which has allowed the Sheriff's Department to adjust with the changes.

Williams County law enforcement received just over a million dollars this year from the North Dakota legislature.

Busching says staffing requests were honored with that money so patrol officer positions are now fully staffed.

On the jail side, more correctional officers are needed in a jail that Busching says is always full.

The first of the year, Williams County will be adding staff to the investigations department and administration.

(Scott Busching, Williams County Sheriff) "If it stays about where it's at now, I think we'll have a pretty good handle on it. I would like to do some more pro-active law enforcement and that would take some more people but as far as the reactionary deal that we're dealing with now, we're getting close to getting it covered."

Sheriff Busching says his next big concern is winter --- not only winter driving safety but RVs were not made to be lived in and he says carbon monoxide and fire calls increase during the winter months.

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