Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock addressed the recent attempted jail escape at Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.
Brock expressed his appreciation to Bell County Jailer Gary Ferguson and his staff for their efforts in detaining the would-be escapees.
“As most of you know, we had some excitement to take place,” said Brock. “We had a violent, attempted escape at the jail and it was widely publicized.”
According to Brock, he has been approached by numerous residents wanting to know what happened at the jail.
“I’ve had folks say ‘What’s going on?’ and my response to that is that Gary Ferguson, the jailer, and his staff did a heck of a job in keeping two…individuals from getting loose out in our community,” explained Brock.
Brock said that while the jailer and his staff could not prevent inmates from trying to escape, they can do just what they did — make sure that the escape is unsuccessful.
“What they did do, is when those folks decided to try to escape, they managed to not let them,” said Brock. “I commend Gary and his staff for not allowing that to happen.”
In other detention center news, a vote passed to hire three new part-time deputy jailers at $7.25. Effective July 16, Joshua Adam Berry, Jonathan B. Brock and Jason Curtis Widener are the newest employees of the Bell County Detention Center.
The fiscal court also accepted checks in the amount of $24,699.26 from Bell County Sheriff Mitch Williams for fees and taxes and $22,776.05 from Bell County Clerk Debbie Gambrel for excess fees. The funds are deposited into the county general fund.
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