During the most recent meeting of the Rush County Commissioners, Rush Count Sheriff Jeff Sherwood informed Bruce Levi, Mark Bacon and Ken Masters that the inmate population at the Rush County Jail continues to increase. According to Sherwood, 46 individuals are currently housed at the facility which is designed for 38 inmates.
“The jail is full, we are at capacity,” Sherwood said.
Nearly all of those incarcerated (37) are facing felony charges and only one inmate is currently serving court imposed jail time.
In other matters, county IT Randy Herbert introduced Gary King of NET Noggin. King gave a presentation regarding added security measures to county computers to minimize computer viruses that could effect sensitive information.
According to King, the four-year contract proposal he recommends would provide a extra layer of security.
“This would protect confidential information currently on our server and is the primary function and reason for this added layer of security,” Herbert said.
Following a brief discussion, the county leaders tabled their decision until the June 1 meeting.
In an unrelated matter, Rush County Superior Court Judge Brian Hill requested the county leaders signatures on a contract for child support consulting by Maximus Consulting. According to Hill, a recent time study found that county office personnel spend a majority of time on case files regarding the collection of child support monies, and a federal reimbursement grant is available to offset those cost.
Judge Hill continued by saying that for roughly a $136 monthly investment, the county could realize as much as $20,000 annually in grant monies. Following a discussion, the county leaders voted to enter into a four-year contract with Maximus Consulting.
In other commissioner news, EMS reports were received from Anderson Township and Carthage. During the month of April, ATVFD made 11 emergency runs while Carthage volunteer personnel responded to six calls.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106