Clark County Sheriff David Turner will go before the county Budget and Finance Committee Friday to request additional funds so his office can pay for jail repairs and to hire four new jailers and two more full-time deputies.

Clark County Sheriff David Turner will go before the county Budget and Finance Committee Friday to request additional funds so his office can pay for jail repairs and to hire four new jailers and two more full-time deputies.


Turner said in January that he planned to speak to the committee in March. He said that more jailers and deputies are needed for the safety of the county. He recently stated that, because there is currently one jailer per 47 inmates, “if (inmates) come in and get control of that jailer, then they have control of the jail and they can let everybody out at one time.”


He said he would also like more deputies because there is currently only one deputy patrolling the county, and because the chief deputy and criminal investigators are having to respond to street calls when they should be doing other types of work.


County Judge Ron Daniell said he understood that the sheriff’s office needs additional staff, but that the state of the economy could lead to a possible decrease in revenue, creating a major factor in the budget committee’s decision.


If Turner’s request gains a majority vote from the budget committee, then the Clark