Right to Speak ordinance receives public hearing

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM.

Bryan said part of her job as commissioner was to examine all issues pertaining to the budget and that jail discussion was no different.

Contrary to statements made by Hammond and her fellow commissioners during prior meetings, Bryan said her intent was not to take jobs away from anybody, but only examine how the county might be able to save money.

Saying Hammond’s presentation was “inappropriate”, she said that contrary to his statement there is no law that requires each Florida county to have a jail.

She said she would like to take a closer look at the move of probation services in-house to determine the impact of collecting fees and fines on the Clerk of Courts as well as the validity of Hammond’s statement that the county is making a profit.

She said she was “flabbergasted” that talk of having a jail inspection as an opening for litigation, as suggested by Hammond, and said the Florida Sheriff’s Association – which has put the BOCC and each commissioner on notice about the lack of a jail inspection the previous two years – had the responsibility under law to maintain jail inspections.

“My examination of the jail was a budget item,” Bryan said. “I will continue to look at expenses and I may touch on these items again. I will continue to fight for what I think is right for the county.”



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