Brown: Urging transparency in jail funding
I'm not here to tell you how to vote on the jail levy or any of the elected positions.
As members of the Jail Operations Citizen's Advisory Committee (JOCAC), Jim Gibson and I objected to language that characterized the jail as "well run." Whether the jail is well run or not is up to you to decide, not us. I voted to approve the draft summary believing that this language was removed.
Furthermore, I voted to approve the draft summary absent further direct evidence of current fund misuse. That is not to say there isn't any, but there certainly was in the past. The county has reimbursed the jail fund $190,000 for wages paid to staff for non-jail related work going back three fiscal years after Mr. Gibson pointed it out, and Sheriff Pixley looked into it. Sheriff Pixley has (in my opinion) correctly adjusted the amount these employees are paid from the jail fund; those amounts are his to justify.
I recommend and fully support a detailed public audit of jail levy expenditures.
Dave Brown, Scappoose
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