The whistleblower has been sick but not out. Last Friday the whistleblower called the SO and ask if it would be possible to schedule a meeting and conduct a walkthrough of the jail. The appointment was immediately accepted and set.
We heard from multiple employees that they love their jobs. We wanted to see for ourselves. Walking in the front door you find a quiet waiting room w/Corporal Dean in attendance. The entry of the facility was exceptionally clean. People moving in and out with Corporal Dean assisting them with their needs.
The whistleblower was directed to the second floor where she met with Mr. Mke Swafford briefly before talking to some employees. Speaking with CPT Bili was a treat. He was professional and shared his satisfaction with the direction the sheriff's office was taking. Then on to the Sheriff's Office with a quick meet and greet with Sheriff Puckett and Chief Price, the communications was positive and you could just tell that this command group was headed in a positive direction. The whistleblower asked questions about previous issues and received frank, logical, and professional answers which were readily available about the move forward. Tetro stepped in and greeted us. You could tell that the mood was light and relaxed and that the chief and sheriff enjoyed the walkthrough of the jail staff and that the relationship was professional yet calm.
There is serious business that takes place in the SO we citizens have a right to know that our loved ones in jail are receiving proper care, the sufficient staff is readily available to take on unexpected events.
Last but not least the whistleblower was afforded a tour of the jail. Mike Swafford, Corporal Dean, and Corporal Sengstacke accompanied the whistleblower. Again, the first words that come to mind are professional, calm, clean, and staffed. We toured the kitchen, classrooms and walked through the housing.
We are gushing a little, we admit it, but people deserve to gush a little and get excited with the small changes that have taken place so far. That, by the way, does not include the serious staff decisions that are being made that are hidden behind the scenes.
When you start cleaning house, you have to do just that. Take care of the internal housekeeping issues so you can focus on the bigger issues. Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done but the SO didn't get like this overnight and it will not be fixed overnight.
In the housekeeping area, it appears that the telephone inmate system is down for repair and they are diligently working to get the system up and running. Updating antiquated systems will go along way in resolving some of those issues. Lots of people are not familiar with the online system enough to utilize it for visiting with loved ones and feel more comfortable and closer to their loved ones when visiting the jail
We have more deputies on the road per shift than we have seen in the past seven years.
When leaving the SO yesterday we noticed two men walking in the sheriff's office with boxes of pizzas. Those pizzas were headed to one of many classrooms where inmates are taking courses to improve their ability to become model citizens. The opportunities are available but the inmates must make the first steps.
We encourage all of our readers to ask your loved ones to participate in the classes being offered. The courses look good for you in court and show the court your desires to become a model citizen with no desire to return to jail. When GED classes are made available and you work towards getting your GED, it will definitely enhance chances of obtaining a good job upon returning to society.
We also noticed four women sitting in the visitor section of the jail apparently awaiting their entry into the jail to minister to the inmates, run classes, or to let the inmates know they are not forgotten. They just lost their way.
In closing, we would like to thank the sheriff's office for making themselves available to the whistleblower for a period of time.