Thurston County will spend some of its leftover bond money used to construct its vacant $45 million satellite jail to hire a consultant to figure out if it can be used as a standalone facility.
County Commissioners met with Sheriff’s Office officials this morning and asked county staff to send out a request for qualifications to criminal justice consultants who will be asked to provide a comprehensive look at county jail operations with the goal of moving its jail population into the Accountability and Restitution Center. Calls for a consultant will go out next week, said Robin Campbell, county fiscal manager.
The commissioners directed staff to use the $2.7 million in remaining bond funds to hire a consultant and possibly implement upgrades outlined in a final report.
The county is unsure how much a study will cost, but estimated the range between $50,000 and $200,000. In order to determine cost before interviewing consultants, the county will ask for an estimated price range.
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The ARC, a 100,000-square-foot building in the Mottman Industrial Park in Tumwater, was designed to be a satellite jail with additional phases needed to accommodate diverse jail classifications. However, since taking office Sheriff John Snaza has pushed to find a way to use it as a standalone jail.
For more information, including responses from jail administration, check Friday’s edition of The Olympian.