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The Suburbanite
  • Stark County Jail nearing full capacity

  • Sheriff George Maier says that as soon as ongoing training and certification is completed next year, the jail capacity will increase to its limit of 501 inmates.
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  • The Stark County Jail is well on its way to full capacity, according to Sheriff George Maier.
    The sheriff told county commissioners Monday the jail typically has hovered around 440 inmates at any given time. He said as soon as ongoing training and certification is completed next year by additional staff, jail capacity will increase to its limit of 501 inmates.
    Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton said that goal remains a priority for her, because voters were promised that when they approved a 0.5 percent sales tax for criminal justice in November 2011.
    Maier, appointed sheriff in February, only recently returned to office following an elongated legal battle that reached the Ohio Supreme Court over his qualifications for the post.
    Also Monday, commissioners:
    • Approved a three-day suspension of a Stark County Job & Family Services employee, related to her alleged insubordination and discourteous treatment of a member of the public.
    • Agreed to pay $44,825 to Hyland Software for a system to overhaul how commissioners prepare and store records, moving from a paper-based to a digital process.
    • Approved a sheriff's contract for a maximum of $15,000 to Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty law firm to handle contract negotiations with two unions, including one that represents about 100 deputies.
    Reach Tim at 330-580-8333 or on Twitter: @tbotosREP