GADSDEN, Ala (WIAT) – The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is dealing with a high deputy turnover rate in the county jail.
The Etowah County jail faced several issues before new newly elected Sheriff, Jonathon Horton, took over. Including having more than 200 broken door locks, no working security cameras, and 95 percent of the windows being damaged. This allowed inmates to smuggle in thousands of pounds of contraband and created dangerous conditions for deputies and inmates.
New renovations to the jail and new policies are addressing the issues, but Horton says the turn over rate still averages 15 to 20 deputies per month.
“With the renovation, the locks being fixed, the extended two weeks of training, the supervisors stepping up and working for the correctional officers, those things combined. We’re still needing correctional officers, we’re still facing the task with the pay, and the lack of applicants within a pool, it’s still difficult right now to try to get people to apply,” said Horton.
The Sheriff’s Office is working with the County Commission to ensure current and future employees receive better pay.