Steps Taken: The Sheriff's Office agrees with this recommendation. Supervisory staff has been provided with a memorandum outlining their roles and responsibilities. They meet with lieutenants regularly, and have access to policies/procedures. Employee evaluations, special assignments, letters of recommendation, and employee of the month awards ensure staff incentives demonstrate the importance of staff culture. Currently the Facility Commanders conduct quarterly Management and Supervision meetings to ensure thoughts, concerns and ideas are shared. The process allows for management to express expectations to supervisory staff and also provide on-going coaching and mentoring sessions. The Sheriff’s Office will be holding training in February for sergeants that will include a session on Jail Reforms.
The Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Gary Raney to conduct a culture assessment that can be used to develop an employee and inmate survey to track ongoing progress. His initial report of findings will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on April 3, 2018. Additional training will be completed with the sergeants in March of 2018 by Gary Raney.
On July 18, 2018 GAR, Inc. presented the results of the first inmate survey. The results have been posted on the Sheriff’s Jail Reforms website. The Sheriff’s Office plans to continue inmate surveys annually as recommended by GAR, Inc. once tablets have been introduced to the inmates at the facilities.
In April 2019, an expert consultant team began work on a staffing study of the jail and law enforcement operations to help inform the budget process, short-term and long-range strategies, and future Board actions.
The Custody Division’s portion of the staffing study being conducted by CGL, an outside consultant. A high level summary is scheduled for the PSJC meeting in April 2021.
Budget Status: County Administration and the department are evaluating to determine if additional resources are needed.
Source Report(s): Department of Justice, Human Relations Commission
Responsible Department(s): Sheriff’s Office
Master List Nos.: 186-188, 192, 194, 196, 318
Review Date: FGOC reviewed on December 19, 2016.