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Fiscal Court recap: Relief monies in, new Jailer hired

The Jail Committee interviewed eight candidates and from them Kentucky State Police Officer Jamie Richard was hired as the new Adair County Jailer. Under KRS 71.090, until the new jailer is sworn in, Sheriff Josh Brockman will be acting Jailer.

The Adair County Fiscal Court met in regular session Tuesday night, May 25, 2021 at the Jim Blair Recreation Center.

Judge Executive Gale Cowan advised the first round of the American Relief Act money had been received in the amount of $1,864,881.50. Although some guidance has been given on how this funding can be spent, more guidance has to be obtained before final decisions can be made.

The Fiscal Court gave Judge Cowan permission to purchase a 2021 Case Backhoe on state price contract from Diamond Equipment for $112,056.38, provided the specs meet approval from the County Road Foreman who was unable to attend the meeting.

The Court also approved for Judge Cowan to sign a resolution for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet approving the county roads in the county road system. This list is updated every few years and gone over for any changes that need to be made.

The Fiscal Court approved applying for a waste tire grant in the amount of $4,000 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

To end the meeting, Judge Cowan announced that a replacement had been named as Jailer of Adair County since the resignation of Joey White last Friday. Jamie Richard will be sworn in as the new Adair County Jailer effective June 16, 2021. Richard is currently employed by the Kentucky State Police and gave his notice of resignation on Tuesday to accept the appointment of Jailer.

Judge Cowan stated that she and the Jail Committee interviewed eight individuals on Friday and had several good interviews. Under KRS 71.090, until the new jailer is sworn in, the Sheriff will act as jailer. Sheriff Brockman has been to the jail and spoken with staff and did a walk through of the jail.

She said, "I have been in contact with Jail Staff, Sheriff Brockman, other jailers, Department of Corrections, KACo Jail Consultant, and anyone else we could contact to make sure the jail is run safely and efficiently until the new Jailer takes office."

This story was posted on 2021-05-26 09:26:37
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