Georgia sheriff, county officials, fight on jail health care
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia sheriff says county commissioners are ignoring his power to control who provides health care to inmates.
WTOC-TV reports that Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher is unhappy with commissioners’ decision on Monday to cut ties with the company now caring for prisoners.
The commission fired CorrectHealth, changing providers for the second time in two years, after voting last month to renew the contract.
The county attorney released a statement saying Wilcher and CorrectHealth agreed to end the contract. Wilcker says that’s a lie and he wanted to keep CorrectHealth.
Wilcher says state law gives him the power to negotiate inmate health care, but the county attorney says commissioners are negotiating a deal with Centurion Healthcare.
Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/