Prison comes in $520,299 under budget

By JOHN RISHEL

jrishel@lockhaven.com

McELHATTAN — Clinton County Correctional Facility Warden Angela Hoover had some very good news at Wednesday’s meeting of the Prison Board.

She announced that the total operations of the prison came in at $520,299 under the 2018 budget.

The prison anticipated $4,171,000 in revenue for the year and $6,685,661 in anticipated expenses in the adopted budget of $2,514,661.

In actuality, the prison came through with $4,543,021 in revenue and $6,537,383 in expenses, for a total of difference of $1,994,362.

“Responsible spending is a top priority. This requires planning, research and due diligence with selecting products and service contracts. We stick to that motto of responsible spending, and know to do our homework before agreeing to spend anything,” Hoover said.

“That is pretty doggone impressive, and there is no doubt in my mind that you are running this prison efficiently,” said county commissioner Jeff Snyder.

Hoover also reported that the average detainee population for March was 61 males and 23 females for Clinton County residents, and an average of 152 outside of the county per diems, which she says is “pretty much in line with what we are used to.”

She said that the county is currently operating with a full complement of full-time correctional officers with 58. The prison has recently seen three resignations, but they have been replaced with officers that were previously employed on a part-time basis and already trained.

There have been a total of 349 overtime hours, Hoover said. “This is for the end of March, and we are currently operating at approximately 12 percent of our adopted overtime budget, so that is not bad at all.”

Hoover reported that the prison has a vacancy for a food service worker, and that two of the four food service workers employed by the county are temporarily out on medical leave.

“We are filling those kitchen shifts with part-time correctional officers as needed, and we have not seen any issues with meals,” she said.

Effective May 6, Hoover said, all visitors (detainee and professional) must clear the walk through metal detector.

The current process is that those who do not clear are scanned with a handheld scanner.

“Everyone will be treated equally,” she said. “In the case of a medical implant or something of that nature, we will have a process in place to handle those situations. This is for the safety and security of our staff, detainees and all visitors inside the facility. This is a correctional facility, so security is important.”

The week of May 5 through May 11 is National Correctional Officer and Employee Week, and Hoover said they will “do as they always do” and show extra appreciation that week, hold a company picnic and provide all employees with T-shirts.

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