Sheriff Andy Howe

Sheriff Andy Howe

I am writing to encourage support for the upcoming Clay County Jail and Public Safety Center Bond election. This issue has been discussed in detail for years. In our recent 2021 bond election, which included a new courthouse, it was stated repeatedly that the need for the jail and law enforcement center was understood but the voters’ affection for the courthouse itself caused the bond to fail. It was asserted often that the jail and law enforcement center alone, without the courthouse question involved would receive more support. We are now at that point. This current issue involves only the much-needed jail and law enforcement administrative offices and leaves the rest of Clay County government in place in the existing courthouse.

In 2018, Scott Fettig provided the Klein-McCarthy report to the County Commission and recommended a new jail. The deficiencies in our jail are long standing, primarily due to increased expectations and the limited ability to adapt the facility physically to these demands.

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