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Jail restructuring intended to help cover cost for new officers

KNEB News has learned an administrative restructuring is taking place at the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center so the county has funds to hire more officers for $4.5 million addition currently being constructed.

Corrections directors Joe Gaul and Patricia Miller say the restructuring has meant six people at this point have been demoted from administrative positions to correction officer to help find the money needed to pay for the additional officers. Gaul and Miller say the restructuring may also require people to accept additional responsibilities along with the demotion.

Board Chair Mark Masterton says he understands  the restructuring may be disconcerting to the employees but it is part of efficiencies being made throughout the jail to add the ten to twelve  additional officers needed.

County Management Accountant Jerry Crable says the estimated cost for the new officers will be around $500,000.

Gaul and Miller say the restructuring is being done instead of layoffs, and to make sure when the over 70 bed addition is completed there are officers available to safely supervise the extra inmates.

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