Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns, along with Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller and Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick were at the meeting Monday afternoon as Toledo Mayor M. Michael Collins and Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerkin argued over $665.65.
It all went down yesterday afternoon during an executive committee meeting of the board of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
The dispute began when the police chief of Toledo asked for the meeting to settle up on two transfers from the Lucas County Jail to CCNO over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
According to the Bryan Times, Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick chaired the meeting, and Lucas County Jail is under a court-ordered mandate capping its population at 403 inmates. When they reach capacity, CCNO, takes the overflow.
The holiday inmate transfer racked up 104 miles for each round trip and some overtime. Apparently, the $600+ dollars was too steep for Gerkin and Collins, who both refused to pay, and also refused to pay any future transportation debts to CCNO too.
Collins said the City of Toledo paid more than $3 million for CCNO’s construction in 1987 and continues to pay for bed space at the facility, whether those beds are used or not at any given time. He added that the Lucas County Jail should have anticipated the surge over the weekend, and should have loaded the CCNO bus to its maximum capacity of 28 inmates on Friday and eliminated the Saturday run altogether.
Collins says the whole thing was nothing but gamesmanship aimed at justifying construction of a new multi-million-dollar jail in Lucas County.