County Commission Accepts Four Jailer Resignations
By Leah Long
PADUCAH, KY - At Monday night's McCracken County Fiscal Court meeting, commissioners accepted the resignations of four deputy jailers, and passed over an item for the termination of jail employee David Knight, who is running for Jailer in November's election.

McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper said Knight has issued an appeal letter to him and it would be inappropriate for the commissioners to take action on that item. The commissioner voted unanimously to pass over it.

Also on the agenda were three items pertaining to pay raises for the jail.  Leeper asked if anyone representing the jail was present and no one spoke up.  Because no one was there, the commissioners voted again to pass over those items.

In January the commissioners had pay increases for jail employees on the agenda, and were also passed over until they could be provided with more information from Jailer Tonya Ray.  Ray was questioned by the commissioners earlier in the year on how she plans to get employee salaries and overtime back on track, as the jail is over budget more than $100,0000.

Before the meeting ended, Leeper asked if commissioners had comments and Commissioner Jerry Beyer said, "I'm still very concerned that there continues to be- from our jail - we're  we're losing some very valued employees, and I hope that we can meet soon with our jailer, possibly in executive session, to ascertain why we keep losing these valued employees."

Beyer said the jobs are potentially dangerous positions, and he hopes there will be new hires because he does not want to take a chance on someone getting hurt.

Commissioner Bill Bartleman echoed Byers' sentiments, saying out of the four jailer resignations, two of those were long-time employees, so he is concerned about what is going on at the jail. He said he  had spoken to a volunteer chaplain over the weekend, "And he has been reluctant to continue his volunteer work because of things going on over there, he feels intimidated and is really concerned about that." 

Published 08:49 PM, Monday Mar. 12, 2018
Updated 08:46 PM, Tuesday Mar. 13, 2018

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