Garfield County Criminal Justice Authority seeks jail administrator

Garfield County Detention Facility (File Photo)

ENID, Okla. — Members of Garfield County Criminal Justice Authority voted unanimously to post a job description for a new jail administrator.

Members also were given a update on jail operations by Sheriff Jody Helm during the nearly 40-minute long special meeting Thursday.

The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the posting of an approved job description for the position of jail administrator.

"We’ve got a job description that’s been approved," said County Commissioner Marc Bolz. "I think our thinking is now go ahead and start advertising it to start receiving resumes."

The authority discussed posting the job to, on social media and other online outlets and the newspaper.

"It’s a tough job. We want good people, qualified people. The bigger net we can cast out there and let people know the better off we'll be," said trustee David Henneke. "As long as it's feasible economically."

Trustee Larry Rutherford suggested putting a closing date of Sept. 15 on job posting for the position. He also moved to vote to approve the decision to post. The motion passed unanimously.

The former jail administrator, James Fontaine Jacobs, resigned from the position Aug. 14, Helm said.

Those interested in the position can send resumes to Garfield County Commissioner's Office, 114 W. Broadway, Enid, OK, 73701.

During an update on jail operations, Helm told the authority he has made some staffing changes, particularly in the jail's booking department, but noted he's told staff the changes are "temporary" until a new administrator is hired.

Helm also said the jail will test, at no cost to the jail, having tablets inmates can check out and use. He also said the jail will create it's own law library and review an offer by a company to lower the cost of calls from inmate from about 50 cents to about 30 cents a minute.

Also on Thursday's agenda for the special meeting was an item to meet with representatives from Advanced Correctional Healthcare to discuss the status of the current contract and operations.

Helm said a representative was not able to attend Thursday's meeting because of the short notice given. The item will be placed on the next special meeting of the authority.

GCCJA will hold another special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Garfield County Detention Facility, 1020 S. 10th.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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