Search For Regional Jail Superintendent Under Way

Posted: August 4, 2014

Byrd Newspapers

FRONT ROYAL — The search for a new Superintendent for the Rappahannock Shenandoah   Warren Regional Jail is now under way, after the RSW Regional Jail Authority voted last month to advertise the position for a month.

The authority’s finance and personnel committee recommended that the advertisement begin as soon as possible with a 30-day time frame for receiving resumes.

After Sept. 1, the committee will begin to review all resumes received, then submit the top three to the full membership of the authority for review and scheduling of interviews.

The authority also voted to officially appoint Russ Gilkison as acting superintendent until a new superintendent is hired. Gilkison has been serving unofficially in that capacity since Robert Mulligan stepped down from the superintendent’s job on June 30.

In addition to recommending action on hiring a new superintendent, the finance and personnel committee also voted on four policies related to the jail personnel and heard discussion about other issues involving both health and liability issues affecting both inmates and employees.

Approved were new policies related to the handling of communicable diseases among the inmate population and workers’ compensation for employees.

Also approved were additions or clarifications to current policies dealing with compensatory time and the definition of work under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Gilkison told the committee that he is considering Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s “The Inmate Program” to cover health costs for inmates, but there is not enough historical data available to project what the overall costs will be, particularly if an inmate has a precondition that requires medical attention.

Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy noted that many jails have policies that do not require them to be responsible for preconditions, only for medical care that is directly a result of arrest or incarceration.

Mary Price, the committee’s chair who is also the Shenandoah County administrator, suggested that further discussion is needed regarding accident insurance that covers any liability regarding prisoner transfers between jurisdictions.



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