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New bank account to speed up work of Oklahoma County Jail Trust

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The Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 22, 2019. [Paxson Haws/The Oklahoman]
The Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 22, 2019. [Paxson Haws/The Oklahoman]

After several months of slow progress, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust can finally create its own bank account and take more concrete steps toward managing the county jail.

At their Monday meeting, trustees approved a contract between the trust and the county treasurer’s office, allowing the treasurer to provide financial services for a rate of about $1,380 a month.

It’s a huge step forward, Chairwoman Tricia Everest said.

“In another scenario, which I am hopeful we will never have to do, is ask the county for money so we can go out and recreate services that they already do and are really good at,” she said after the meeting, adding that these costs are substantially lower than what another entity would offer.

The account will likely be set up by the end of the week. Once funds are transferred over from the county, Greg Williams, newly announced jail administrator for the trust, can officially be hired.

Another contract between the trust and the county clerk’s office was also approved for $1,155 per month.

Trustees are moving quickly to transfer funds to the bank account, suggesting roughly $450,000 is needed over the next several months for an assistant jail administrator, office space, liability insurance and attorney fees, among other things.

The county will go through its budget-request process, and officials are looking to have the money OK’d within the next two weeks.

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 ›