Jail due hefty sum from Fayette County

January 16, 2013

WAYNESBURG – Greene County Jail Warden Harry D. Gillispie told members of the prison board Wednesday the county is still waiting for a hefty $58,400 check from Fayette County for housing inmates in December.

He explained Fayette historically lagged behind a month or two, but he said the jail has added new personnel, which should aid in expedited payments.

The warden also reported that the jail deposited $9,900 with the treasurer’s office for work release and weekend inmates for October through December 2012.

Gillispie said the prison staff was trained recently on a program called “Chump Change.” He said it is a program aimed at teaching staff what to look for when inmates are trying to get them do do favors or are attempting to bring contraband into the jail.

The program was taught by Ray Redding, who is employed by the state Department of Corrections at Muncy, but Gillispie said Redding teaches this program “on the side. It is not affiliated with Muncy.”

The prison board also reorganized. County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman was elected chairman; Commissioner Chuck Morris was elected vice chairman; and District Attorney Marjorie Fox was elected secretary.

The prison board will continue to meet the third Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. in the public meeting room of the county office building following the commissioners’ agenda meeting, except for August, November and December when the meetings will be held the second Wednesday.

Meetings in March, June, September and December will be held at noon at the Corner Cupboard Food Bank.

Jon Stevens was the Observer-Reporter’s Greene County bureau chief. During his 41 years with the O-R, he covered county government, courts and politics, and won statewide and regional writing awards.

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