I worked inside the Todd County Jail from 2008 – to 2015, teaching and providing educational services. Our Todd County Adult Education program helped over 91 inmates earn GED diplomas and National Career Readiness Certificates. Our program was noted as the top-performing adult education program in Kentucky for multiple years. Currently, I am a facilitator for the Moral Reconation Therapy classes and the Portal New Directions program offered in the jail.
My wife of 38 years is the former Amanda Beales of Thetford England. We have two children, Holly & Mark, both TCCHS grads. I have ministered collectively for 32 years in TN, KY & CA. I have done mission work in Ghana, West Africa, and Ukraine.
I formerly worked with a Juvenile Diversion Program for first-time offenders. I currently serve as one of four volunteer Chaplains associated with Todd County Emergency Services.
112 additional high-definition security cameras have been deployed at the jail to give a full view of the facility and to adequately monitor the residents' activities and actions. Over my past 3 years in office, commissary funds have been saved up to buy a full-body scanner to help prevent dangerous contraband. 750 yards of razor wire was purchased to secure the perimeter of the jail to prevent escapes. A drug dog is contracted to conduct randomly scheduled facility searches. The Todd County Jail is now a Pearson Vue approved GED testing center meaning that inmates no longer have to leave the safety of our facilty to take the GED test.
Maintaining a workforce of qualified employees also has a direct impact on facility safety. The jail staff is required to complete 24 hours of training annually. However, all jail staff members have not only completed the 24 hours, but most staff have completed double to triple the hours required in advanced and specialized training.
Operating the jail in the most cost-effective manner possible without compromising safety is my next priority. The jail typically employs 26 full-time personnel to handle the operation and management of the facility. The jail's main expenditures involve the 4 "M"s: Medical, Meals, Manpower & Maintenance. Medical and Meal services are contracted out and rebid periodically to obtain better pricing and service. Deputies now biometrically log into their shift each day to accurately account for hours worked.
During my administration, all fluorescent light fixtures in the jail have been retrofitted with energy-efficient LED bulbs. Failed nonfunctioning water heaters were recently replaced with energy efficient tankless on-demand gas water heaters. Other money-saving initiatives are part of the ongoing future maintenance plans for the jail.
The Governor declared a state of emergency in 2020, and emptied local jails of medically fragile inmates and stopped all outside work crews during the Covid 19 pandemic for an extended time frame. The community service projects the inmates provide are beneficial to our county. Now with most of the restrictions being lifted, Our jail crews are enjoying being outside and working in the community again. It is good for their own physical and mental well-being. We look forward to dependably continuing to take care of public lands and projects in Todd County. If something specific is needed, please call me @ (270) 265-9966 x211
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