Butler County saves $1 million on jail food services

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -  The company that runs food services for the Butler County Jail hasn't been changed for years.

"Late 80's, I believe were some of the original contracts," said Butler County Commissioner Donald Dixon.

That's why County commissioners worked with the Sheriff's office to put jail contract services out to bid.

"Really it came back with some shocking results and that they were about half of the company that we have presently now," said Maj. William Stump of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday county commissioners approved a new contract for food services with a company called Aramark, saving money, jobs and ultimately the taxpayer's dollar.

"Just in the food services alone we have a savings of $1 million," Dixon said.

"With a million dollar savings that's roughly about 20 correctional officers positions in the jail that we're saving," Stump said.

Stump says the food quality and services will remain the same but the menu could change, and contracts for other jail services that are also out for bid could save even more.

"Electrical, plumbing, maintenance, inmate services, " Stump said.

"It appears that there could be savings in those alone, and maybe up to another million dollars," Dixon said.

The new food services company will begin services at the jail on February 15 of next year, the contract is for three years.

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