Jail Study Findings
It's official, more staffing is needed at the Alachua County Jail.
A draft report prepared by an outside consultant was presented to the county commission.
TV 20's Duke Carter exactly who may be hired is still not decided.
"I hope this county can make an agreement."
Residents like Anderson were happy, Pulitzer/Bogard and associates recommended 34 employees be added to staff the jail.
"with considerable recommendations for some modifications."
Because she wasn't happy that those new jobs would be staff by civilians rather than sworn deputies.
Despite some controversy over hiring an outside consultant, Commissioner Paula Delaney says she's comfortable paying for the 179 thousand dollar study.
"first of all I don't think there's enough staff for them to turn and do the in-depth analysis."
The consultants surveyed inmates and the public, to be more cost effective, they recommended hiring a part timer to monitor food services and more fully tracking overtime, and offering more specialized training.
"I think that reduction in overtime is especially in the past year is possible by product of this."
The consultants recommended 34 additional employees compared to the 46 that Sheriff Sadie Darnell wanted.
"there's come point when its time to hire more people."
But overall Delaney's comfortable with the findings.
"I think to bring an outside set of eyes that's going to be objective about things is helpful to everybody."
Before the meeting ended the commission wanted to consultants to come back and find out what is the core number of employees needed to keep a safe environment and would allow employees to take leave.
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