Committee Recommends New Jail
"Currently the sheriff's office is operating below minimum staffing needs for patrol duties," said Stephen Waters, committee chairman.
The committee said adding more deputies means the Cole county sheriff's department could become proactive instead of reactive.
"The Sheriff's office has been under funded, it's not a secret that has happened. The way we had to fund the sheriff's office we only had so much money we could deal with, so I think another revenue source that would help us fund the sheriff's office would be a great benefit," said Bob Jones, Presiding Commissioner.
The committee recommended paying for the improvements through the Cole County Law Enforcement Sales tax.
"The more people that we can get involved and get them talking about the project the better off we will be, so the sooner we can get it on to the city council agenda the better off we will be," Jone said.
The jail alone could cost up to $18 million, even without completing the other seven recommendations.