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Gage County Supervisors Hear About Jail Overcrowding

The Gage County Board of Supervisors heard of overcrowding concerns in the county jail, with 54 inmates which is double the capacity. A number are being held in area facilities, which has resulted in over $120,000 in additional costs this year to date.

The matter has created staffing shortages, and transportation issues. A number of inmates were being held at Washington County, which is also accepting overflow from the Kansas Department of Corrections, and is at capacity.

The sheriff has proposed three new positions in next year’s budget, with two dedicated to corrections, and one deputy, at an estimated cost ranging from $45 – $50 thousand annually, with benefits.

No action was taken following brief discussion, and the matter is expected to be taken up again next week.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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