If funding isn’t provided by the county for his office and vendor bills, Vescovo said inmates who do not pose an imminent public safety threat may have to be released, while others, such as those charged in homicide cases, may have to be moved to other jails, which would also come as an additional cost to the county.
Ridgeway also said that despite inmate-related bills being in the arrears, no vendor has stopped providing services or taken legal action against the county for amounts owed, adding the sheriff has other funds in his budget from which he could pay vendors if he chose to.“It’s been quite a struggle, it has. It’s kept me up at night on occasions, but I’m not going to back down either. I’m going to fight for this office, for the people of Clay County and for public safety,” he said. “I won’t stop.”