Madison County Sheriff talks about three potential upgrades for the department

September 22, 2018

MADISON - At the Madison County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday Sheriff Vern Hjorth and Sheriff Elect Todd Volk spoke to the commissioners about three things the department will need in the future.

Hjorth said when Volk takes his seat he will need to look at the addition of another person or two on the departments staff, a jail expansion, and new radio system.

He says it would cost a little over $600,000 to change to the state wide radio system, but would be worth it as they have had so many problems with the current system since they’ve been on it.

Hjorth says it would have been nice to be on the state wide radio system in the past for a couple of reasons.

“There were times we could have used that system for the Norfolk flood back in 2010 and another time like the bank robbery had we had a system like that.”

Hjorth also suggested the board should look at expanding the prison intake area because it should be doubled or even tripled in size to make it a more comfortable environment for individuals coming in that have mental health issues.

The board agreed that they should set their priorities on which part they want to tackle first, create a timeline, and then start on the budget process.

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