BOCC conditionally approves courthouse lease with NFCD

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM.

Bryan used the word in the context that it was a disgrace that county maintained a $1 million jail – Hammond said Bryan’s numbers change by the week and the jail budget is $1.1 million, not $1.2 million – that had not been inspected in several years.

Each county commissioner were sent correspondence from the office of the Florida Sheriff’s Association that oversees the Model Jail Standards program that indicated the jail should be inspected annually, Gulf County’s had not been in at least two years and was out of compliance at that time.

Hammond faulted the inspector at that time, called his report “bogus” and incorrect on a number of levels and that it had been a BOCC decision, years prior, to not spend the money to maintain the jail to Model Jail Standards.

He said having such an inspection was “asinine.”

As he had the previous month, Hammond also had Capt. Sonya Farmer on hand and this meeting also brought along the bulk of the employees at the jail.

Hammond added that he and staff had been putting time into putting down rumors about the jail closing and probation services returning to a private contractor while making the county money by taking over probation services.

Hammond said Bryan was being personal about the issue and seeking to have 15 employees laid off.

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