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County to take over jail operations


On Monday, August 4th, 2020, KSHN.com reported on a Special called meeting of the Liberty County Commissioners Court.  The agenda for that meeting was to approve a budget amendment that would allow the creation of the new position of Jail Administrator.

After the vote to approve the budget amendment, it was announced that Raye Carnes has been named as the Jail Administrator. The Liberty County Jail is currently being administered by the firm GEO, which manages several jails and prisons through the country.

This budget amendment was needed by the Liberty County’s Sheriffs office because the firm GEO has not placed a bid to continue to serve as Jail Administrator when their contract expires on September 30th, 2020. Several other firms that specialize in and compete with GEO have also not answered the bid call. Officially Raye Carnes takes the reins as the Jail Administrator on October 1st, 2020.  At that time nothing in the jail changes except then it will be administered by the county Sheriffs Department. According to Liberty County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer, Captain Ken DeFoor, the transition should be smooth, and all current jail personnel will remain in place.  The only difference is that the patches on the guards’ uniforms will be changed to reflect that the Sheriff’s Department would be running the jail. While there are many details still to be worked out to insure a smooth transition, we at KSHN.com will keep you informed as to any and all developments.



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