BOCC conditionally approves courthouse lease with NFCD

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

“I am proud of the jail, the people I work with and the continued discussion of closing the jail has left a bitter taste,” Farmer said.

Bryan said she had nothing against employees, did not wish to see jobs lost, but noted the issue is far broader.

The Florida Sheriff’s Association was asking the BOCC why the jail had not been inspected in several years and that the possibility existed for a circuit court to remove the inmates and close the jail if it was not in compliance.

“I have no issues with the employees,” Bryan said. “My concern is not only safety for the inmates and (for the employees). That is our responsibility. I want them in a safe, clean jail.

“What is a disgrace to me is this board does not want to look at this. We should operate within the law.”

The discussion, growing ever-more heated, veered into budgetary philosophy and that the BOCC just raised taxes, continues to put more work on fewer employees and, as Bryan said, “We cut and cut without operating more efficiently.”

Yeager took exception, noting the cuts the BOCC has made to the budget in recent years and how proposals for alternative sources of revenue gained “no traction.”



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