STANISLAUS COUNTY — The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the funding request for a jail facility focused on vocational and rehabilitation programs. Chairman Vito Chiesa said the county has been "late to the game" in providing programs for people behind bars and historically outdid other counties in sending people convicted of crimes to state prison.
Now that the state has made counties responsible for lower-level criminal offenders, funding is available for building more county jail bed space. Stanislaus will seek $40 million from a statewide pot of $500 million.
If the county is awarded funding and the facility with up to 288 beds is built on Hackett Road, Chiesa said, the state will expect to county to show results with the rehabilitation programs.
The county is expected to award funding to counties in January.
County supervisors have a fairly light agenda. They will consider asking the state for $40 million in funding for a jail expansion with up to 288 beds. The secure facility will be designed to support educational and vocational programs for inmates to prepare them for release to the community.
Good evening. Stanislaus County leaders reported out of closed session that they appointed Don Gaekle to serve as interim assessor. Gaekle will manage the Assessor's office after Assessor Dave Cogdll Sr. leaves to become chief executive officer of the California Building Industry Association.
Cogdill's last day with the county is Friday. Gaekle has worked as assistant assessor for the department that values residential, commercial and industrial property in the county. He started working in the department in 1986. Gaekle's salary as interim assessor will be $148,300 a year.
Cogdill ran unopposed for the elected position in 2010. The department head position comes up for election in June.