On Friday, June 28th the Clay County
Supervisors, along with the Clay County Sheriff conducted an open house
and an official ribbon cutting, with over 300 people in attendance.
The open house continued for the public on Saturday, June 29th and
had an overwhelming response, by having over 1300 people touring the
facility, for a grand total of over 1600 people going through the
facility over the weekend.
On Monday, July 22, 2013 the Clay
County sheriff’s Office officially moved into their offices and are open
The Clay County Jail Staff moved Prisoners out of
the old jail Tuesday, July 30th, so equipment, furnishings and supplies
could be moved to the new jail. Then during August 5th thru August 14th,
2013, jail staff was trained, equipment set up and stored.
prisoners were then moved into the new jail on Thursday, August 15,
The new Clay County Sheriff's Office and Jail is
currently housing law enforcement staff and after training is completed
over the next 10 days, prisoners will be moved in during the week of
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
Currently vacant, this cell
block will begin housing Clay County's jail population within the next
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
will be in new jail by Aug. 9
By Randy M. Cauthron Managing Editor
"It's been quite a process," Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow said as he
continued to move boxes from his old office to his new home.
Krukow has overseen the development of the $5.6 million, 16,255 square
foot sheriff's office and jail. He remains thankful for the vote of Clay
County residents who green-lighted the project.
"It's an honor to
be here during this time to get to this point. Next week we begin a
week-and-a-half of training," Krukow said.
During that time, the
current residents of the out-dated jail will be taken to jails in five
surrounding counties and held until the Clay County jail is ready to
begin housing them.
The entire staff will be trained on new
policies and procedures, as well as everything from heating and cooling
to tactical situations, fire evacuations to emergency medical care, and
in-take and release.
The training will involve the deputies and
jail staff, as well as Spencer Police Department and Iowa State Patrol
"The only way to do this is to have everyone on the
same page," Krukow said.
By the end of the week of Aug. 9, the
prisoners will be moved into the new accommodations.
final preparations are being made for a final inspection.
getting the punch list ready for the state jail inspector. These items
have now been taken care of," Krukow assured.
He continued, "This
building is easier and safer for the staff, which was a top priority.
Plus, there's the fact that we would have been shut down last December
if we hadn't been building this."
A total of 30 beds with intake
capacity of 14 will for the first time provide medical/behavioral
segregation options and automated operations to enhance security for the
staff and public.
Seventy motion-sensitive cameras offer a great
deal more security to the building. There is an intercom connection to
the cameras, remote lock down and the central control system offers
touch screen capability.
"The Central Control can lock down the
entire facility with one touch. Before, to lock a door you physically
had to take a key and go there," Krukow explained. "The staff will no
longer have keys on them. It will all be done through Central Control
and there will always be someone monitoring Central Control."
There is also space to allow for classification of prisoners. There is a
separate area for adjudicated adults, where before they had to be sent
elsewhere. Prisoners with illnesses can be kept away from other
prisoners and staff.
Thinking long-term savings, a geo-thermal
system was added to the facility plan and skylights were key to maintain
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