The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is ready to provide additional coverage to Montrose on a temporary basis.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors has signed off on a 28E agreement between the county, sheriff’s office and the city for law enforcement services.
The deal runs from March 14, 2012 to March 13, 2013.
Montrose has been without a police chief since Karl Judd resigned to join the Fort Madison Police Department. The city’s two reserve officers also resigned around the same time as Judd.
Lee County could be forced to expand its jail earlier than anticipated.
A major expansion and renovation of the Lee County Correctional Center wrapped up in mid-2010.
The roughly $6-million dollar project pushed the current capacity of the facility to 92 inmates.
It also improved security and made it easier for correctional officers to oversee more inmates.
Another aspect of the expansion/renovation put the infrastructure (water, electric) in place to allow the jail to eventually be expanded to hold up to 144 inmates.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says he will run to stay in the office he has held for the last 16 months.
He was serving as Chief Deputy in late 2010 when he was appointed to replace Sheriff Buck Jones, who was retiring.
Sholl has been with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for more than 24 years.
He says he intends to continue to serve and protect the citizens of Lee County with commitment, dedication, and loyalty.
Sholl graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1988.