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Emergency Purchase Declaration to Repair Jail Security System

Wichita County Sheriff's Office employees say some of their security equipment hasn't been working properly.
    Sheriff's office employees say the commissioners' passage of an emergency purchase declaration will make the county jail safer.
    Those same employees say they've run into problems with the current security system at the jail.
    They say some major system components have become inoperable at times.
    That's why they asked commissioners for funding to replace the ten-year-old equipment.
    Donny Johns, the Wichita County jail administrator, says, "When you use it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it tends to get worn down. It was definitely time for it to be replaced. We used it as long as we could, and probably used it longer than it was expected to last."
    Commissioners allotted $68,500 for the project.
    Johns says he hopes to to have the new equipment installed, and up and running within the next 30 days.
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