Local resident Joe Bates addresses the future of the county dog pound with the Monroe County Commissioners during their regular meeting Monday, Aug. 7.

Commissioners discuss jail staffing, county dog pound

Monroe County Sheriff Charles Black met with the Monroe County Commissioners Monday, August 7 to discuss the budget and hiring of personnel for the new Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Black says he has hired an assistant jail administrator as well as a secretary and will have to hire many more people to have a full staff by the time the facility opens in January.

Black told the commissioners that he needed to meet with them later in the month to establish a budget and to discuss staffing. Black said that when the facility opens he wants his staff to be “ready to go and not have a new facility that has to sit empty because paperwork or training hasn’t been completed.”

Black said training was available in Marietta for new employees in October but said he doesn’t have the staff necessary to be trained or the money to pay them.
“We’re talking dollars and cents here,” Black said. “I have to pay jailers and ranking superintendents.”

In addition to training available in Marietta, Commissioner Mick Schumacher reminded Black about training available in Monroe County at the jail site. Granger Construction, will turn over part of the facility in September, allowing staff to learn how to operate the system prior to its opening in January.

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