Inmates are allowed to work in an animal shelter

Administrators will now be able to work at the Warren County Animal Adoption and Control Center, but a new concealed carry policy will need to be put in place.

At the county’s health and welfare committee meeting Tuesday night, County Commissioner Blaine Wilcher told the committee that Sheriff Jackie Matheny Jr. told him inmates would be allowed to work at the shelter.

“Sheriff Matheny called me about the end of last week and basically what they’re going to do is start Monday they’re going to have two admins there with an officer for two hours a day, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help with cleanup,” Wilcher said.

Inmates will be able to help the shelter clean up before the shelter opens. Wilcher was thrilled with this news.

“That’s probably one of the best news we have tonight. It’s really going to be a big help to them. He said he’ll look into it and see how it works and if they need to do more or less,” Wilcher said.

Now that inmates will be allowed to help at the shelter, Wilcher says they must respond to animal control director Sherri Bradley’s right to conceal the transport.

“With this, we have to settle the situation that Sherri has the right to carry. Currently, we don’t have a policy from this committee on this. So we need to put forward a motion to allow Robert Bratcher to write a policy for her, or anyone else, I guess, who has concealed carry working there with the proper training to carry a weapon,” Wilcher said. .

“Blaine, the only thing is David Britton told me he thought it was just the manager,” County Manager Terry Bell said.

“OK, let’s make the director the only one in this case,” Wilcher said.

“What is the right training? What do you mean by that?” Commissioner Kasey Owens asked.

Bradley said she doesn’t know how they do things here, but in Florida she has to go shooting every year to qualify.

“Do we need to specify the appropriate formation? Owens asked. “I guess Robert would do that.”

“I don’t want to say because I don’t know what it is, but between Jackie, Sherri, Robert and David, they’ll make sure we get what we need,” Wilcher said.

“Probably needs the county to be there as well to get him a gun. I think they would prefer us to recommend them,” Bell added.

“Well, wouldn’t that be part of it?” Wilcher asked.

“As long as you have the wording in there,” Bell said.

“I think it could just be policy and have Robert write the policy,” Owens said.

The committee unanimously made a motion for the lawyer to draft a policy.

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