Light at the end of the tunnel for the under-staffed jail

Next week, the Union County Quorum Court will consider a proposal to create two additional positions at the Union County Jail in response to an under-staffing problem.

Both positions would be for lieutenant shift supervisors at salaries of $31,809.75, according to the ordinance approved by the Union County Finance Committee during its monthly meeting this afternoon.

Currently, only four people work in the jail at night, presenting a dangerous problem for Union County Sheriff Mike McGough who worries about putting the one person on the floor in charge of 213 inmates. Further complications could arise should an off-duty deputy be forced to come in unexpectedly in case of a medical emergency, he said.

The entire venture could run the county just above $108,000.

See tomorrow’s News-Times for more.

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