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Detention center gets fewer deputies

April 06, 1997

By Steven T. Dennis

Staff Writer

A preliminary decision by Washington County Commissioners to add 12 deputies at the Washington County Detention Center - 10 fewer than Sheriff Charles Mades requested, isn't sitting well with Mades.

"It's going to have a severe impact," Mades said. "I just hope nothing serious happens."

Mades said he did understand County Commissioners faced tight budget constraints. "I guess I'm being selfish when I think that safety should be the number one priority of the funding authority."

Mades had asked commissioners for the extra officers to cope with a surging inmate population and to bring the inmate-to-officer ratio in line with other county jails of similar size in the state.

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- Steven T. Dennis

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