Correctional Deal Appears Dead

The Williams County Com­mis­sion­ers and Sher­iff Steve Towns have appar­ently decided not to pur­sue a part­ner­ship deal between the sheriff’s office, the state of Ohio and the Ohio Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion to mon­i­tor Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter of North­west Ohio pris­on­ers doing trash pickup along county roads.

Accord­ing to the Bryan Times, Towns had expressed inter­est in a part­ner­ship at a recent meet­ing, stat­ing that such a deal is cur­rently being used in 11 coun­ties through­out Ohio as a way to make some extra money to off­set expenses of main­tain­ing the D.A.R.E offi­cer.

Had it been approved, the con­tract would have paid the sheriff’s office $35,000 for a con­tract of approx­i­mately 1,150 hours. How­ever, after going over the fine print, it was dis­cov­ered that the offer may have actu­ally ended up cost­ing the county. How­ever, the deal is far from dead. The paper reports that the sher­iff said that if the sam­ple con­tract passes county legal review, he would like to move for­ward with it, say­ing he feels it is worth a try.

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