The Health Department for Daviess and DeKalb Counties received an anonymous letter with complaints about our kitchen, the workers, pest control and bugs. The complaint also stated that the jail was not in compliance with several sections of the Missouri Core Jail Standards. So on 8 September 2017 we had an inspection of our kitchen and workers that handle all the meals for the Jail. The inspection was conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Environmental Health Services for Daviess County. I am pleased to say that the inspector only found two (2) non-critical violations. He did not find any violations dealing with food preparation, serving/handling of meals or with “bugs”. The two violations were; 1. unshielded light in the storage room and 2. air vents were rusty. These type of violations do not require a follow-up but I asked if one could be done to ensure the violations were corrected. The inspector set 26 September 2017 as the date for re-inspection. We will move forward and continue to be compliant with the Missouri Core Jail Standards.
The Employee Appreciation meals were a success. All the staff enjoyed the days and the meals. The Myself, Deputy Director Tim Carder and the Administrative Assistant Lori Burke served the meals. It was good for the staff to visit with the Administration. It was also good for the administrative staff to visit with employees. We look forward in doing this again next year.