Detention center said safe
By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades told the County Commissioners Tuesday that he feels the county jail is safe, but said he'll probably ask for money to hire more guards next year.
The commissioners have approved hiring 12 new guards this fiscal year, which started July 1. Seven already have been hired and five more will be hired in January.
"The additional staff permits posts to be properly manned," Mades said.
Mades had requested 22 guards - the number recommended by a study of the facility.
The need for additional guards has been spurred by a growing inmate population.
A Washington County grand jury, which toured the jail in June before the new guards were hired, said the jail was understaffed to the point of putting employees in danger.