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Oklahoma County Jail Trust hires three longtime DOC employees

The Oklahoma County Jail Trust recently hired three longtime employees of the state Department of Corrections to be the basis for the county jail’s new administrative team.

Jail administrator Greg Williams gave a report to the trust Monday detailing each person's background and new job description.

As of Monday, Michele Minietta is the trust’s new human resources director. She previously spent over two decades as a staff attorney focusing on HR issues for the Corrections Department.

Don Givens will lead personnel training for the trust starting March 15. Givens was formerly a longtime deputy sheriff in Cleveland County and then spent time as a regional training director for the Corrections Department before retiring.

And William Monday will be the deputy administrator beginning April 1. Monday is currently a deputy director for Corrections supervising a number of state facilities, Williams said.

“I don’t want to send the message that (current jail employees) don’t know what they are doing at the jail so I’m bringing in people that do know what they are doing — that is absolutely not the message,” said Williams, who spent 36 years at the Corrections Department before coming to work for the trust.

“But what this will do is allow me to bring in people that I have worked with for 20 years. They know my philosophy, they know my style, they know what I’m going to expect. It will really help.”

Williams is also hoping to quickly hire a financial director to help prepare the trust’s first budget for the upcoming fiscal year. A building manager is also on the list of crucial hires.

After going back and forth on a transition date, the trust is projected to take over the county jail by July 1.

Paying an IT consulting company and setting a website name of were also discussed during Monday’s meeting.

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 ›