CCNO Concerned About Possible Pull-Away

Offi­cials will look into the finan­cial impact if one or more juris­dic­tions pull away from the Cor­rec­tions Cen­ter of North­west Ohio regional jail although one Lucas County com­mis­sioner repeat­edly said no final deci­sions have been made.

Accord­ing to a press release from CCNO, dur­ing a spe­cial hour-long meet­ing of the Cor­rec­tions Com­mis­sion of North­west Ohio held Mon­day, offi­cials dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of Lucas County or any other juris­dic­tion pulling out of the regional jail. Some offi­cials are seek­ing a con­tin­gency plan to be put in place while offi­cials from Lucas County repeat­edly said no def­i­nite deci­sions to with­draw have been made.

The hour-long meet­ing began with board mem­bers going into exec­u­tive ses­sion for 25 min­utes to dis­cuss per­son­nel issues.

Upon recon­ven­ing in open ses­sion, CCNO Board Chair and Defi­ance County Sher­iff Dave Westrick asked if Lucas County was plan­ning to build a new jail that would result in Lucas County and the City of Toledo pulling out of CCNO.

Lucas County Com­mis­sioner Pete Gerken admit­ted that such a pos­si­bil­ity is in the scope of a cur­rent fea­si­bil­ity study but that a rage of options are being looked into.

CCNO offi­cials from Ful­ton, Henry, Defi­ance and Williams coun­ties are con­cerned as Lucas County and the City of Toledo finance two-thirds of the oper­a­tions at CCNO.

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