Warren County Jail certification is a lock.
“We have been approved for recertification,” said Sheriff Tommy Myers, who says the re-inspection ended with promising feedback from the state and a new plan of action has been approved. “They were impressed with how far we’ve come in the last year with making improvements and I’m happy in how far we’ve come.”
The announcement was made Thursday during a county Corrections Partnership Committee meeting, and Myers thanked CPC members and County Executive Jimmy Haley for their support.
“I think all the credit goes to you and your staff,” said Commissioner Steven Helton. “We’re here to support you and make sure you have everything you need.”
Commissioners previously have approved spending $3.65 million for jail improvements performed by ESG (Energy Savings Group) and allocated 14.5 cents of a property tax increase to hire 16 new corrections officers at the jail.
As part of the project by ESG, South Western Communications (SWC) has been selected to upgrade the jail’s locks and camera system.
“ESG allowed us to pick which company we wanted to go with,” said Myers. “We selected SWC.”
The company is out of Nashville. According to its website, SWC specializes in detention electronics.
On Thursday, the jail’s inmate population was 254.