Sheriff outlines need for jail administrator

GARNER - Hancock County Sheriff Scott Dodd presented the case for  creation of a  jail administrator position to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

Since July 2017, Hancock County has moved inmates to other jails – initially to Winnebago, Cerro Gordo and Kossuth, now primarily to Winnebago. The jail staff at that time left employment with Hancock County.

“Since then we learned that some of the paper work wasn't getting done; or wasn’t all done properly.

Dodd said that that Sheriff’s department undergoes annual audits with the Department of Criminal of Investigation. The recently underwent an extensive audit on criminal histories.

“Basically it was record-keeping. We have that all addressed now,” Dodd said.

Deputy Ray Penning has been serving as jail administrator.

“He has done the lion’s share of all of that work,” Dodd said. Penning, Sheriff Dodd and Civil Deputy Andrea Nedved have spent several months putting the jail paperwork in order for the State.

“Even though we don't have all of our inmates held in the county, we’re still responsible for all of their paperwork,” Dodd said.

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