Sheriff’s office seeks updated jail data system

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is expected to request approval for computer software at the jail to replace an “antiquated” paper record system at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

The upgrade to Sleuth, a data system used by local law enforcement agencies, is expected to cost $17,649, according to the meeting agenda.

“It is a software upgrade and this upgrade is a designated jail management system which also integrates with the currently used law enforcement records management system,” Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. He said when the office assumed emergency management of the detention center earlier this year, staff noticed the hard copy system was creating issues with tracking inmates.

The sheriff’s office and Clovis police use Sleuth.

According to a quote included in commissioner’s packets, the estimate includes software, installation, training and more.

Sleuth catalogs reports and response information and provides the ability for multiple agencies to access regional information.

It also provides the ability to create custom reports, according to the Sleuth Software Web site.

In some of the more high profile instances of record system errors, jail officials said corrections department inmate John Garcia, 33, was mistakenly released in August due to a paperwork error. Officials cited the same issue when 47-year-old Texas inmate Willie Windom was mistakenly released in December 2008.

Sheriff Matt Murray took command of the jail in February after the attempted escape of four inmates prompted resignations from the jail administrator and several members of command staff.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Clovis-Carver North Annex, commissioners are expected to:

• Hear a presentation from Scott Verhines on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on related legislation and financial updates.

• Hear a quarterly report from investment manager Rob Burpo.

• Consider a request from County Manager Lance Pyle to clear three county-owned lots near the fairgrounds on East Brady and sell or dispose of unnecessary structures on those properties.

• Consider a request to allow county employees to donate 168 hours of sick time to coworker Gerri Elliott for medical leave.

• Take a tour of the post office on Gidding Street at 11:30 a.m. The county approved a $750,000 purchase of the building in March.