Once again we are staying busy in every area of the county. We are ahead of schedule at the jail on our first phase of construction and are repainting the entire jail, metal bars and all. Chief Deputy Bill Price has been working closely with the Commissioners and new showers are being fabricated and installed to meet jail standards, as well as new rules.
When you come to the jail do not expect to find things as they were. New rules dealing with security issues are being instituted and will be posted on the front door. New jail rules for the inmates are posted, as well. Inmates are awakened at 5 A.M. and are soon at work, and lights are off at 10 P.M. The meals are strictly planned and are the same three times a day, seven days a week, with no exceptions. If your birthday is coming up and you like cake, well I wouldn't get thrown into jail in San Saba. These rules are not that difficult and most of us live by them daily, yet if it is difficult for you to follow rules then there is a simple solution, don't come to jail!
We have a new patrol vehicle on the streets and it's a Dodge Charger. We needed a police package vehicle, since our fleet is mostly standard pickup trucks, and we purchased this one from Mason County. The vehicle was equipped except for a radar, cage and a radio. We already had the radio, so the vehicle really saved us a lot of money. Deputy Boswell is assigned to the vehicle so be careful around the car, you would think it was a baby the way he is acting. Hopefully, you will see the vehicle sometime, just not in your rearview mirror.
The tax office is back at 100 percent. Brandy is back at work and we are finally able to push forward with training and additional help. Casey did a wonderful job trying her best to keep our heads above water, even when sick. Yet being new and short staffed we managed to hold our own and that was about all. Now with Brandy back we are moving forward at leaps and bounds. We do have a change in hours though. The hours are now from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday. This last hour of the day will be for the ladies to get everything posted from that days work with nothing held over for the next day. Please bear with us as we attempt to better serve you in the tax office. One other matter, please remember to bring your manners with you to the tax office. We will do everything possible to assist you, but the ladies will not have to put up with bad manners and filthy language. That also goes for the rest of the courthouse. We have very few problems, but I want to assure you that we will not have repeat offenders in this area. The ladies who work in the courthouse are someone's daughters, wives and or mothers so please treat them so.
I have made my statement concerning the drug/alcohol situation in San Saba County. Please do not doubt my resolve in this matter. We are actively going to be hunting those individuals who are drinking and driving in San Saba County. We are all together on this issue and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that the roadways in San Saba County are safe for our families to travel on. Every officer from every department will have the full support of the Sheriff's office behind them, and any Texas peace officer who moves to assist in taking and or stopping drunk drivers from our roadways will be assisted. We have to focus on the most serious threat out there and without a doubt it's drinking and driving and illegal narcotics. Please keep all the officers from every department in your prayers.
On a different note, City of San Saba patrol officer Misty Maldonado's son was struck by a car Saturday evening. Colt Maldonado is recovering at home now, but please keep them in your prayers as it will be a long recovery process. Misty Maldonado has proven herself a capable officer on our streets and has been working very hard. She has two children and those of us who have children can understand her stress at this time. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Well this updates you for the week. Soon we will be posting the names and charges filed on the individuals who are arrested for offenses here in San Saba County. There are additional changes ahead, as well as new challenges for the Sheriff's office. When things go right and one of my staff does well, then please let them know. Yet if it's wrong then it is my fault so please come and see me and we will discuss it. Thank you for your support and your continued prayers.
Sheriff L.A. Brown