Washington County briefs

October 10, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

ATM, Web site to be available for deposits to county jail inmates

A new accounting system at the Washington County Detention Center will allow people to deposit funds into inmates' accounts using an on-site ATM or a secure Web site.

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a low bid of $33,050 from Cashless Systems Inc. of Apex, N.C., to install the system.

One other bid was received - Swanson Services Corp. bid $46,679 for the project.

Cashless Systems Inc. will provide an ATM machine in the jail's lobby for visitors to deposit money into an inmate's account with cash, credit or debit cards.

The system also will include a secure Web site for deposits and will track all money transactions for inmates, including purchases at the jail's commissary.


Funding for the project will come from the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Commissioners acknowledge work of gaming official

Laura Reamy, office associate for the Washington County Gaming Department, was recognized by the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday for her work developing a database that tracks tip jar-related expenditures and audits.

Prior to Reamy's work, the gaming department spent "vast amounts of time" reconciling tip jar funds on paper, Gaming Director James B. Hovis said.

Asked to develop a database to make tracking the funds easier, Reamy attended Microsoft Excel training, bought a training book and studied on her own time, Hovis said.

Eight months later, Reamy had entered more than 70,000 tip jars into the system, Hovis said.

Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr read a formal recognition of Reamy's efforts and thanked her Tuesday.

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