Pete Gerken: Lucas County Sheriff's Office will not terminate 229 jobs

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - The Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp, County Commissioner Pete Gerken and the Lucas County Administrator Laura Lloyd Jenkins are reassuring more than 200 employees they will not be losing there jobs.

At a news presser Gerken made it known they will not terminate 229 jobs in 18 months. Instead they are entertaining a proposal from the state of Ohio regarding a new jail.

The new proposal involves sending Lucas County jail inmates to other facilities and moving sheriff's office employees with them.

Laura Lloyd Jenkins, the Lucas County Administrator said, "this new concept has only been discussed for about two weeks. That's why it's a bit of a misfortune that misinformation has gotten out there, especially so preliminary. We are looking forward to working with our work force, our kind of number one stake holder in this process to make sure we are all on the same page about accurate information."

Gerken said, "we have met with the Lucas County sheriff employees as recently as last Friday. We showed them the proposal and that's what it is, a proposal, that will allow us to advance criminal justice reform and build a new facility in Toledo that would keep the employment steady."

Gerken said they don't have a proposed site.

13abc did reach out the leader of the union which represents deputies. He did not want to comment on the subject.