Cuts made at Clermont County jail

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg has announced that four jail officers will be laid off in March.

County commissioners said at the end of 2008 that no pay raises would be given to county employees in 2009, and informed the sheriff's office that it was not appropriate to provide jail officer wage increases for 2009 that were ordered by an arbitrator in December.

"After a consideration of all possible options and meeting with the Commissioners, their staff, and Jail union representatives we reluctantly determined that a reduction of Jail officers was the only available alternative," said Rodenberg in a statement. " Beyond the devastating personal impact this action will have upon the 4 officers involved, the entire criminal justice system within Clermont County will be negatively impacted."

Rodenberg said over the next several weeks, a 32 bed cell block at the jail will be phased out.

"As inmates complete their confinement and are released those 32 beds will not be re-filled," said Rodenberg.

That will leave the jail with 288 beds, the lowest amount since 1999.