Last week marked the finality regarding the preparation stages of the jail renovation project, so now we are off to the races.

Last week marked the finality regarding the preparation stages of the jail renovation project, so now we are off to the races. Thursday morning in the County Commissioner’s meeting the solo bid was opened for the project, which was submitted by the Bales Construction Company. Bales estimated they can complete the renovations for $55,125, plus or minus $3,000 relating to electrical work. Upon meeting with representatives from Bales Construction, they are expecting to begin work in a few weeks and believe the renovations can be completed in a very timely manner.

Once the project is finished, at least 28 more inmates will be kept in the Pulaski County Jail. This should allow for complete housing of Pulaski County inmates at our facility, with the exception of four or five in the Dixon Jail. Having a separate facility such as Dixon is very important for jail operations relating to the occasions when a few inmates need to be completely removed from a majority of the jail population. I can’t reiterate enough how monumental this will be in regards to financial savings, a convenience for this agency and to the Courts, along with the ability to double our jail staff. I must remind you; this is only a temporary solution for jail requirements and additional needs/space for the near future.

Several months ago I was speaking about the addition to the Sheriff’s Department Detective Unit, and how pleased we were to now have three full-time, day detectives. In the past, the Detective Unit was comprised of all Reserve Deputies, which did a fantastic job but were mostly restricted to evening work. Having three, full-time employees working as your day detectives has been a very conducive addition to our staff and the results are definitely showing. In the past our Reserve Unit detectives were primarily assigned major cases, with the road deputies working all other investigations, in additional to their routine patrol assignments. This addition and restructuring has been a very productive move for both us and those in the County needing assistance from the detectives.

The results of the hard work of your detectives has been seen in numerous cases throughout the county, such as the James Dunham robbery/death, the discovery of skeletal remains near Dixon, along with the many drug cases being made and burglaries being solved. A few more examples include recent Search Warrants being executed in the Crocker area, resulting in several arrests and the recovery of a large amount of methamphetamine from a suspect major drug dealer. Also, dozens of Burglary cases have been solved recently, with many suspects being jailed for their involvement. Just last week, another Arrest Warrant was issued for an individual suspected of committing numerous burglaries in the St. Robert area. Once this individual is in custody, more information about these cases (including the suspect’s name) will be released.

Last week I also had the opportunity to attend my first Woodworks meeting, which was held at the Pershing Community Center at Ft. Leonard Wood. It is my understanding that these meetings have just recently been opened to individuals other than just members and guests. Personally, I am pleased to see this due to the vast amount of attendees from departments of the FTW military, local government and area businesses being represented. My initial reason for attending was due to Reserve Deputy Gwen Andrewcavage receiving an award for coordinating the Pulaski County Shop with a Cop Program last year. I was so impressed with this organization and its importance to our community that I will make the Woodwork’s meetings a monthly stop for me.

This concludes another week’s summary as your Pulaski County sheriff, and I hope to see you here again next week. For more information about the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and other related items of interest, please visit our website at (, or on Facebook.

As always, stay safe and do something positive for your community.