Commissioners Mull Jail Staff Security Needs

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WENATCHEE, WA.- Chelan County Commissioners say the County’s Regional Justice Center is being reorganized to address increasing security concerns. Last week Interim jail director, Bill Larsen presented the board with a proposal to increase and restructure staffing as well as to add more surveillance cameras and upgrade existing jail cell doors. The request follows grievances by jail staff concerning dangerous working conditions. NCWLIFE sat down with the Commissioners this week to discuss the proposed changes and why they’re necessary . . .

The Chelan County Regional Justice Center is a 383-bed correctional facility that was originally built to hold half that number. Commissioners say there’s also a larger percentage of the jail’s inmates who are being held on felony charges than in years past making for a more dangerous environment for jail staff.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.