The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce with the Boone County Sheriff's office hosted a ribbon cutting for the newest 46 bed “pod” at the Boone County Jail.
Chamber board chair Melissa Collins said, “We are excited to be here on behalf of the Chamber and we appreciate Elijah Snow for coming over representing Senator Boozman’s office. It’s great to see so many county employees, JPs and city officials and Chamber ambassadors here for this occasion.
“Welcome to The Boone County Sheriff’s Department. It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to stay here,” Boone County Judge Robert Hathaway said. “Unfortunately the additional space was needed.”
Bryan Snavely, law enforcement committee chairman said, “In 2006 the quarter cent sales tax was passed, that continued the operation of the jail and then we had to pass the tax again. Voters overwhelmingly passed it again 10 years later by 80%. That goes to show the trust the public has in us. We’ve been good stewards with the money. This is an investment to our community. Our community thrives to feel safe, and we need to provide that for them.”
Sheriff Tim Roberson, “I appreciate our Justices, citizens of our county and the Chamber for being here today. We have added 46 new beds, and they are much needed. We are usually bursting at the seams, looking for ways to pick inmates we need to put back on the street with an ankle monitor, or let them go. But with these new beds we can better serve the public and keep the streets a little safer.”
Chamber President/CEO, Bob Largent, said speaking to the sheriff, “We are lucky in Boone County to have you here. You have a great team as well as supporting Justices. Thank you for inviting us here today.”
With the addition of 46 beds in the new “pod” the total number of beds in the Boone County Jail is now 149.