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Expanded Eagle County jail will be full

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The county shouldn’t have any problem finding people for the handful of new jobs the expanded justice center is going to create.

Shannon Cordingly, who oversees hiring for the department, has 40 job applications sitting on her desk and the department hasn’t advertised any of the jobs yet.

“Either they saw the construction or just were applying on the off chance we were hiring,” Cordingly said.

Work on the $24 million justice center expansion project started in November and should be completed by November 2010. The addition will increase the jail capacity by 65 percent and create at least six new jobs, including jail officers and a jail supervisor. A cook and a nurse may also be added, officials said.

Officials hope to start the hiring process for the new jail employees in September in order to have everyone complete a 12-week training program before for the facility opens.

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The jail holds an average of 64 inmates a week right now. The space was built to hold 48 people, but officials have added bunk beds to a couple of the cells to increase its capacity.

Eagle County pays other departments to house inmates it doesn’t have room for, which is usually around 17. The department spends about $250,000 to have other agencies hold inmates.

The expansion will have space for 40 inmates an another 16 people on work-release programs, Cordingly said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.

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