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SanJacCountySealBy Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — Staffing issues plague the Sheriff’s Office, especially in the Jail, and it’s looking to get worse.

The discussion about paying out accrued leave time for an officer that quit led to a discussion about manning the jail. 

Sheriff Greg Capers said it could cause problems with housing prisoners if more personnel are lost.

Part of the issue is pay; Capers said jailers in San Jacinto County make $4-$5 per hour less than others in the area. 

“If we want people to stay and climb the ladder here, then we need to pay them,” he said.

The commission vowed to look into the matter.

In other business, the court:

• proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month;

• proclaimed March as Red Cross Month;

• approved the conveyance of a portion of a lot in the Point Lookout Estates without a replat;

• approved a settlement agreement with the Texas Opioid Abatement Fund;

• approved a payment method for contract worker Mark Wood;

• approved election judges, appointment of alternate judges and a joint election order for the May 7 election;

• approved renewal of Affordable Care Act reporting and tracking services;

• approved replacing Kimberly Wooley with Elizabeth Caroline Manthey-Weisinger on the Investment Council;

• approved DiAnna Adams as San Jacinto County investment officer;

• approved an agreement with Point Blank Water Stephens Creek Water Supply Inc.;

• approved a lot split for the Stephen Hills Property Owners Association;

• approved the annual racial profiling report for the Constable Sam Houston.

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