Six correction officers handed pink slips
By Pat Maurer
The staff at the Clare County Jail is slightly smaller these days.
Lt. Ed Williams said he was given permission by the County Commission last week to “reduce the work force” by up to six due to less than projected revenue over the past two months.
Sheriff John Wilson said the normal staff in corrections is 22 full-time and four part-time officers.
“The State has not been sending as many prisoners to us,” Wilson said Wednesday afternoon. “We can’t justify the numbers (of employees) if the revenue isn’t there.”
“If the numbers come back up, we will call those employees back,” Wilson said.
He said the layoffs would be for six part-time employees in corrections and court security. “Some of the part-time employees work in both places,” Wilson said.
He said the numbers of state prisoners housed in the Clare Jail was around 80. “The State made some changes, and moved prisoners around in the State and we have lost approximately 25 inmates in the past two months.”
Wilson said the State reduction could mean between $30 and $40,000 less than the projected revenue.
Williams said, “We are only at about 50 percent of what we need (for revenue). This is simply a temporary cost savings measure.”
The Jail holds 175 inmates and besides Clare County prisoners, houses federal, state and Department of Corrections detainees and some jail inmates from Wexford County. Wilson said.