Editor's Note: Campbell County has six countywide contested primary elections on May 22. Republicans will vote in five of those contests (Judge Executive, Commissioner District 1, District 2, District 3 and Jailer. Democrats will have one primary (U.S. Congress Representative in the 4th District).
Additionally, there is a contested primary in Bellevue (Mayor) and in some parts of the county for Constable.
FTM will publish all articles written by the candidates in order to give the voting electorate a better understanding on how they may elect.
We gave a simple prompt: Why Are You Running? Their answer is below.
Campbell County Jailer
By Jim Daley
The Campbell Jailer is responsible to the community to safely house 650 to 700 inmates daily, oversee 125 staff members, manage a budget of $11 million, provide adequate medical care for inmates, feed the inmates and do all of this within the confines of the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, the Kentucky Constitution, Kentucky state laws and regulations.
It is my humble opinion that I am uniquely qualified to serve as your Jailer based upon my education, experience and character. The highlights of my background include:
Education:AA in Criminal Justice; BA in Public Administration and a Law Degree.
Experience:40+ years in Criminal Justice to include: Kentucky State Police: Trooper, Detective and Legal Officer; Director, Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force; Campbell County Attorney;
AND 18+ years with the Jail, approximately 5 as Jailer.
During my tenure at the Jail, I have overseen the growth of the jail’s inmate capacity from 135 beds to 651 beds.
In addition to increasing the number of beds, I have added or expanded the following departments and programs: contracted for a full time medical staff, expanded the GED Program, added a Substance Abuse Treatment Program to combat the heroin epidemic, added a Moral Recognition Therapy Program, increased the male work program and added a female work program.
I believe that each of these improvements increases safety to the community and helps to reduce inmate recidivism.
As the jail has grown, the staff has increased from 35 to 125 employees. In order to continuously improve our service to the community we have: worked to improve our training academy, increased deputy and staff training, increased wages and employee benefits at all levels. We added programs and equipment to improve the safety of the work environment; examples include a full body scanner to stop drugs and weapons from coming into the jail, increased the K-9 unit to search for drugs and help control inmate behavior and equipped supervisors with Tasers. These measures work to reduce inmate violence and the use of force within the facility. They also serve to increase employee safety, satisfaction and reduce turnover. A full time detective has been employed to investigate crimes committed within the facility and to work with and assist law enforcement in your communities.
We have continued to expand our Inmate Community Work Program, in 2017 our program provided 165,400 hours of service to various cities, schools, fire departments, the sanitation district, and many other entities and non-profits. The estimated value of this service to the community is $2,618,282.00. I believe that without our program these services would have been cost prohibitive for the agencies to provide to the community.
Finally, my wife, Jackie, and I have chosen to make Campbell County our home and the place to rear our children. Campbell County has and continues to be a wonderful community to live and work in. It has been my honor to work for this community. I would certainly appreciate your support and vote on May 22, 2018.