Cities Reach Tentative Agreement on Jail Contract With County

MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor area mayors have reached a tentative agreement on the county’s jail contract with the Sheriff’s Department for long-term prisoners.
Montesano Mayor Ken Estes attended a meeting last night between Sheriff Rick Scott, area mayors, and city staff. “They heard what our problems were, we have reached a tentative conclusion that we will be able to sign a contract with the Sheriff’s Department to house our prisoners.”
The only thing left on the table was who pays for felony medical care “And that’s a big bite for both of our budgets, and that will be negotiated into next year. But all the rest of it will all be settled before the end of the year.”
Estes said they still have some t’s to cross and i’s to dot, but last night’s meeting had everyone on the same page.
The commissioners last month extended the current contract to January before it was set to expire October 25th. Without that contract, each city would have to find their own jail to house prisoners.