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Cleveland County commissioners approve lease for women's jail diversion program

The 10-month lease pays for an office for the sheriff office's women's jail diversion and job placement.
BY JAMES S. TYREE Published: December 21, 2010

Cleveland County commissioners on Monday approved the leasing of office space for a women's jail diversion and job placement program.

The county sheriff's office is leasing the property at 123 Tonhawa, Suite 105, which will be used to help qualifying female offenders get out and stay out of jail. The leasing agreement started Dec. 1 and will run through Sept. 30.

Licensed counselor Rock Richardson will work with the program, but commissioners tabled action on his contract to iron out its terms. Richardson already has a contract with the sheriff's office and commissioners wanted to make sure the proposed contract replaces the former one and is not in addition to it.

Commissioners did approve the hiring and pay schedule for another employee for the diversion program.

County commissioners also accepted a Violence Against Women grant of $31,394.55, which will pay for a court service officer on domestic violence cases in Cleveland County District Court. The federal grant is for the 2011 calendar year.

Commissioners also approved an invoice from the Pottawatomie County jail of $18,688 for housing some Cleveland County inmates in November.

Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to address the granting of unattainable lien waivers for property owners affected by the Etowah Road improvement project.


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