Marshall County Voters Reject New Jail

Turnout was light for the special election in Marshall County Tuesday on the jail proposal, with 2/3 of 1,114 voters rejecting the question that would have allowed the county to proceed with up to $6.5 million in financing through a lease purchase agreement to finance the estimated $12 million project.

16% of registered voters turned out for the special election, which was prompted by a citizen petition against a resolution to approve the financing. A series of public meetings were held to highlight the need for a new jail facility, after commissioners had finalized plans for a new complex at the east side of Marysville. The final vote Tuesday at the special election was 64% voting against the measure, with 718 no and 396 yes votes. The matter now goes back to county commissioners for consideration of next steps.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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 2020 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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