ST. CLOUD - A longtime Benton County employee has been hired to head a Stearns County department.

Chelle Benson is the new Director of the Stearns County Environmental Services Department.  Benson has been Benton County's Department of Development Director for 10 years.  Prior to that, she was an environmental specialist for Stearns County.

Benson replaces Don Adams who retired in May.  She starts working for Stearns County on January 9th.