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Oklahoma County Jail Trust to discuss jail administrator applications Oct. 18

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The Oklahoma County Jail, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
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The application period for the Oklahoma County jail administrator position is now closed.

Oklahoma County Jail Trust Chairwoman Tricia Everest said she feels encouraged by the applications that came in, though the official number will not be made known until trustees meet Oct. 18 to discuss applicants.

Trustees voted Aug. 19 to transition from having the sheriff’s office run the jail to hiring an outside administrator.

The future administrator will be someone who is a “dynamic and experienced professional” and knows best practices for managing employees, providing effective treatment for inmates and following legal policies relating to jails.

They stand to make up to a $140,000 salary.

“The candidate should possess a unique blend of experience, visionary leadership, technical competence and superior communications skills to spearhead strategic planning and drive bottom-line results,” the job posting reads.

“The person selected must have a strong commitment to (the) creation of a culture that promotes the welfare of Detention Center employees and the humane and compassionate treatment of Detention Center inmates.”

Many advocates believe this change will further efforts to reform the county jail, which has a long history of serious facility and management issues.

Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›