I would like to address the sheriff's remarks about our jail made in his report on March the 8th, 2012. Sheriff Brown might consider the noncompliance of our jail a "molehill" but as a taxpayer, I consider the success of our jail to be a monumental issue. We cannot afford to lose our jail. After searching the Texas Commission on Jail Standards website as suggested by the sheriff, I discovered that the San Saba jail is one of only nine jails in the state that are in "noncompearance." The three issues listed in the January 25th, 2012 report by the inspector are as follows: 1) The last documented annual inspection of the jail kitchen was conducted in 2010. 2) Two of the jailers did not receive their quarterly training to include fire, emergency, evacuation drills and location and use of equipment as required by minimum jail standards. 3) The person that oversees the day-to-day operations of the facility is required by jail standards to have a valid jailer's license. The person placed in this position at the San Saba jail hasn't had a valid jailer's license since 2009. To me these are not just "paperwork issues," they are indications of irresponsible oversight of our jail by Sheriff Brown. In his sheriff's report back in September 2010, Sheriff Brown stated, "we tell our kids, if it's worth having, it's worth working for. Yet, do we live by these words? Do we set the example in the way we do our jobs as adults?" Maybe Sheriff Brown should do his "chores" before he goes out to play basketball or dodge ball. I am not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill but if it is a mountain, treat it like one. This makes me wonder what other issues are being taken lightly. I don't expect perfection, just honesty.
Thank you,Reagan BurnhamSan Saba, TX