January 4, 2017 6:22 pm | Updated 5 years ago.
The Killeen City Council is considering outsourcing the operational structure of the Killeen jail. Margaret Young, Interim police Chief on Tuesday said that the cost of operating the city jail is almost about $1.38 million annually which includes all the payment of salaries to its staff. On the other hand, interim city manager Dennis Baldwin has stated to the council that the discussion regarding the outsourcing move was essential due to city’s ongoing financial crisis. Baldwin said, “If times were different, we could avoid this discussion altogether”.
The police headquarter jail located at 3304 Community Blvd. is a temporary holding facility for the offenders. Currently, the facility employs 6 civilian supervisors and 24 jailers. The interim police chief Young said that there is a vacancy of 8 out of the 24 jailer positions.
Now if the council decides the most cost-benefit option which would require officers to transport the arrests themselves, the city will save more than $1.25 million annually.
Date of Publication: January 3, 2017