STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A hanging at the Struthers city jail last September prompted city leaders to reevaluate the management there, and on Wednesday, City Council approved the hiring of a jail consultant.
The consultant has worked with the Mahoning and Cuyahoga counties’ jails. He will oversee operations at the Struthers jail until the end of April, during which time he will offer suggestions for improvements.
Mayor Terry Stocker said the death in September showed that operations at the jail could be better managed, and he said it was important to show that the city is taking steps to correct any issues.
“Anytime there’s an event that happens here in the city, it gets our concern,” he said. “We’re here to protect and serve.”
The consultant will help determine if the Struthers jail should become a six-hour holding facility or remain at 12 days. He also will review protocols, as well recommend any additions the jail may need.
Also considered on Wednesday was a study of a local jail, rather than hiring an outside consultant, but Stocker believed the consultant was the best option.
The consultant will be paid a maximum of $7,000 for his services. Overall, Struthers Auditor Christina Bohl said it will save the city money.
“This guy is going to be able to put it in concise terms and say, ‘You don’t need this. You do this,'” she said.
The consultant will be in Struthers to meet with local leaders on Thursday, and he will be at the City Council meeting next Wednesday.