County Commissioners Approve Jail Site Criteria

The Smith County jail project took another step forward today. County commissioners unanimously voted this morning on their criteria for a jail site. The evaluation is for the properties that are available for the new jail location. Commissioners, along with Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith and administrative staff, looked over the list, ranking the importance of each criteria.

"This is not about commissioner's court business. We're here to conduct the people's business and so we need to make sure that they know we've gone about it in an orderly, thoughtful, business-like way and that's what we've done today," said commissioner Joann Fleming.

Commissioner Fleming says the court will be looking at an overall facility plan for the county once a jail project is decided on.

Oralia Ortega, reporting.