The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors hope to approve an agreement with Youth Emergency Services of Cherokee for the transport of inmates.
Sheriff Gary Launderville says every court order says the sheriff’s department shall transport juveniles… but they can have the YES Center do the transport if the department doesn’t have people available. He says if he has to bring in a deputy on overtime and if the inmate is female and a matron is needed, the cost of the county doing the transport can reach 50-dollars an hour… while the YES Center charges 18-dollars an hour.
Launderville this week told the Supervisors the YES Center has been “a god-send” in handling some transports… noting out of the past 11 transports, all but two would have required him to pay overtime and four would have required a matron.
Although the county has been using the YES Center for transports, there’s no written agreement. Supervisor chair Rhonda Ringgenberg asked if the county is going to be OK legally with a proposed agreement drafted by the YES Center. The Supervisors are expected to discuss the matter again before approving the agreement.