Renville County Adds Jail Staff 19 Feb 14

Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable told the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday the county is adding two full-time correctional officer positions to its jail staff, but will need to add an assistant jail administrator as well.

The West Central Tribune reports Hable said the jail needs to increase its administrative staffing if it is to comply with state and federal requirements and hold state or federal inmates. The decision to add the two corrections officer positions came after a Minnesota Department of Corrections inspection recommended additional staffing.

Hable said an official told him that the DOC will be looking to board inmates in county jails later this year however, with the current staffing situation, that official would not recommend boarding state prisoners in the Renville County Jail.   

The county currently boards inmates under contract with the federal corrections system as well as inmates from area counties including Redwood and McLeod.

Sheriff Hable recommended that the jail add an assistant administrator to meet the requirements and assure that the county can continue to board inmates from other county, state and federal entities.

Board members are expected to decide on the administrative staffing request at their next meeting.