Boyd jailer adds staff, applies new standards

February 7, 2019

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — New Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley said he has hired 17 new employees to work at the troubled Boyd County Detention Center.

Hensley told the Boyd County Fiscal Court he is working to implement new jail standards. Hensley was appointed a month early as jailer after former jailer Joe Burchett resigned in December. Hensley was elected to a four-year term as jailer in November.

The Fiscal Court voted to make inactive an administrative code and manual for the jail approved last fall. Hensley was given 90 days to write new administrative codes at the jail.

Hensley had 150 applicants for new positions at the detention center in Catlettsburg. He increased the jail staff from 25 to 42. He is allotted 43 jail employees.

“They’re in training,” he said of the new employees.

Meanwhile, he said he’s putting together cost estimates to address issues raised during a state jail inspection. He told Fiscal Court members that since early December, his office has had almost no need to use force.

Two inmates died at the jail last year while Burchett was jailer. Five inmates subsequently were indicted on charges of first-degree manslaughter in connection with one of the deaths. Those employees subsequently were dismissed from their positions at the jail, according to local officials.

In other action, the Fiscal Court approved a number of personnel changes. County officials restructured the county road department from four supervisors to two. Jimmy Ruggles was named road foreman at a salary of $60,000, while Dave Day was named assistant road foreman at a salary of $50,000.

Jason Queen was appointed as FEMA coordinator at a salary of $60,000. David Nunley was named maintenance supervisor at the county parks department at his current salary, and Stephen Minton was named as supervisor at the animal control department. Matt Shelton also was moved to the county road department. All changes are effective Monday, Feb. 11.

The Fiscal Court also cut the costs to use the new community center in half. Commissioner Larry Brown cast the lone vote against the change.

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