County Manager Daniel Palmer and Sheriff Richard Cutting speak to members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued When it came to jail revenues, Cutting said the county was starting to house inmates from Jefferson County again. They had previously entered into a deal with the new Albany County Jail, but wanted to bring some inmates to Essex County during the summer months.
The sheriff added that the decision was made in part by weather and in part by the service the jail provides.
“We treat inmates like our own from wherever they are,” Cutting said. “Other places are a little picky. A lot of places look at how each facility treats the inmates. Jefferson County has told us that they will take all of them to Albany County in the winter because the roads are better, but they are sending some back here now.”
Cutting said the issue of staffing and overtime was not going to go away, especially in the coming months.
“This next year is going to be a bad time for overtime because I have a number of pregnancies where officers will be applying for a medical leave and I am going to have to fill in for those,” he said.