Staffing at new jail debated

Although no final number was agreed on Tuesday, it seemed both the Cole County Commission and Cole County Sheriff's Department were coming to more of an understanding about how many people will be needed to run the new jail when it opens next year.

Tuesday was the first meeting since commissioners and Sheriff Greg White had discussed a report from County Auditor Jim LePage which used National Institute of Corrections information and concluded the new jail would need 41 employees.

White said he and his staff would stand by the LePage report recommendation because they have to give people time off and much of their training is done in groups.

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