Criminal Justice Authority reviews applications, jail administrator still sought

Garfield County Detention Facility 

ENID, Okla. — For a third week, members of Garfield County Criminal Justice Authority went into executive session Thursday discuss resumes received for the job of jail administrator.

No action was taken following the executive session.

"I don’t think we need any action," county commissioner and authority member Marc Bolz said following the session. "We just reviewed the resumes."

The authority voted in August to post the job opening for jail administrator. The application process will close Sept. 15.

Sheriff Jody Help updated the authority, minus trustee Larry Rutherford who was absent, on the jail's operations.

Helm said the jail's population Thursday was 195 inmates, with four on suicide watch. He said the jail was down five employees, but mostly due to retirements.

Trustee David Henneke asked the sheriff about hiring a nurse for inmates with psychological problems.

"Is that happening?" Henneke asked. "Yes," Helm said. “It came up a little bit because so many defendants have mental health problems," Henneke said.

The sheriff said there was a person he had in mind to hire and suggested it be discussed as a personnel issue.

After the authority returned from executive session and voted to return to open session, Bolz addressed the several in attendance about the lack of public comments on the agenda.

He said most of the questions asked during public comments could have been addressed by the sheriff. He also said the authority's first purpose was to hire an administrator for the jail.

"It’s not to keep it from public input but it’s really the direction of this board right now," Bolz said.

At 5:55 p.m., the authority voted adjourn.

GCCJA will hold another special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 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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