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April 2, 2014

Board votes to bring new jail administrator to Chickasha

CHICKASHA —

The Grady County Criminal Justice Authority chose the candidate for Law Enforcement Center Administrator and approved a pay scale increase that raised the starting wage for jail employees to $12 per hour Monday.

The new jail administrator and pay increase were decided during a special meeting of the Grady County Criminal Justice Authority.

Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said the board elected to raise the pay of jail employees effective the next pay period because the lowest-paid employee previously received $10.96 per hour and the regional average for jail employees is $12 per hour.

Weir said jail employees recently received a 5 percent pay raise before Monday's vote.

He said the board offered the law enforcement administrator position to Montrose County, Colorado Detention Center Administrator Jim Gerlach pending a background check.

Weir said Gerlach has been the administrator for Montrose County since 2008 and has 20 years of experience in law enforcement.

The board also discussed their contract with Capital Detention Systems, L.L.C. to provide consulting services for policies and procedures at the jail.

Truman Bidelspach, who formed Capital Detention Systems, said he resigned from the board to be a contract consultant in 2009.

Bidelspach said his company offered to provide the same service as well as additional services, and his company became contracted in April 2012.

He said when current Jail Administrator Shane Wyatt elected to step down because of health concerns, the board recruited his company to recruit and rank candidates for the jail administrator position. 

He said his company's contract ends in May 2015, but they're close to finishing their work on the Grady County Jail project.

"[The agreement] was made between the Grady County Criminal Justice Authority and [Bidelspach's] company, Capital Systems for the same amount of money [$60,000 per year] and redefined what he would do,"  Weir said. "…He was paid to [consult] then if he did anything outside of that, he could submit a bill to be paid [more than] what he would make for consulting."

Weir said he board received a bill for additional services from Bidelspach in the last month.

"I was upset about this, so I asked to include [the contract in the meeting]," he said.

Weir said Bidelspach's services may no longer be needed when the new jail administrator begins work and his contract will be discussed again at the April 21 meeting.

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