STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) – Stephenson County is looking to add more jobs to the Sheriff’s Department after cutting more than 2 dozen positions during the recession.
The County is in the very early stages of negotiations to house federal inmates at the county jail.
Right now, the jail has more than 60 beds open, but Sheriff Snyders can’t say how many federal inmates they’re looking at bringing to the jail or how much money the county will get for each inmate. The hope is that the county will get enough money from the federal government to re-fill some of the 27 positions it cut in 2010.
The details on this right now are limited, but the county finance committee will hear more about this proposal at its meeting tonight. Sheriff Snyders expects the county board to vote on it this Thursday.
The last time the county house federal inmates was in 2010, but it had to stop due to budget cuts.