Bryan has been in charge of administering the Wilson County Jail and its day-to-day operation as well as the day-to-day operation of the department in his role as Assistant Deputy Chief. He said that experience and knowledge makes him a good candidate to fill the interim Sheriff role.
I believe Im the man for the job, he said. But Ive got to put my imprint on it if chosen. The Sheriff has the responsibility to move the department forward.
Bryan believes the department is running smoothly and said he wouldnt change much of its operation. He said that until the next election, its best to have someone with close knowledge and a detailed understanding of the department serving as interim Sheriff.
He also noted there are several challenges the department will face in the future and said hes committed to working with county leaders to meet those difficulties.
One of the major concerns is a budget deficit in county governments General Fund. Bryan said the department has been proactive in trying to save money by working with the school system to fund the Student Resource Officer program.
Thats the program that is essential, its essential for our kids and the schools, he said. Another program Bryan said would be maintained is the Senior Citizens Awareness Network, or SCAN program that visits and cares for local senior citizens.
However, he noted there are places where the department could save money to help the county and noted the department must look for those areas and work with county commission to manage taxpayer money.
He said the department has had a balanced budget for years, but noted they may run into problems with rising fuel costs and the number of inmates they must feed and provide for in the jail. He said the overcrowding in state penitentiaries is having an adverse effect on the local jail.
Thats driving our costs, not being able to get rid of those inmates, he said, referring to between 40 and 50 state inmates in their custody.
Bryan said the jail currently houses around 390 inmates in its 462-bed facility and said lowing the jails state inmate population would be a huge help.
This is what we and the commission are going to have to look at in the future. Weve got to find an answer to that. We will do whatever we have to do for the taxpayers of Wilson County, Bryan said.
Bryan noted hes been discussing the needs of the department with county commissioners and getting to know the concerns that commissioners have regarding the departments budget. He said working with commissioners and other law enforcement agencies is crucial to having a successful department.
Its essential to have good working relationships, he said.
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