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Hoquiam City Jail celebrates 1 year of operation

April 2, 2014

The Hoquiam Police Department celebrated the one year anniversary of the reopening of the city jail yesterday.

Under a contract to hold state probation violators under the swift and certain program, the city was able to reopen the city jail to full-time 24-7 operation.

During the past year, the city has had a partnership with the Department of Corrections in holding not only city prisoners but also state probation violators from Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.

The contract with State DOC has offset 74.8% of the operating expenses to operate the city jail.

“I believe this is been a very successful partnership not only because it allows the city to have a full-time jail again, but it also enhances public safety in all of Grays Harbor by holding offenders accountable.” Said Chief Jeff Myers.

To celebrate, HPD and DOC celebrated with cake. Myers told KXRO that “for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.”

The city is currently working to fill one additional police services officer position.

Applications are due to City Hall no later than April 28.

For more information visit the city website.

HPD Cake

Celebrating with a cake is (left) Chief Jeff Myers, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen, Police Services Officer Jared Spaur and DOC Supervisor Dave Thomson who supervises the community corrections offices in Grays Harbor in Pacific Counties.

Myers told KXRO, “And for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.”

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