County Okays OffenderWatch Program For Sheriff


August 20, 2020

During Monday's regular meeting of the Pottawatomie County Board of Commissioners, spending was approved for several county interests, including a proposal by the company Offender Watch.

OffenderWatch is a private company that provides sex offender registration services, according to documents presented at the meeting. The company, which had previously presented the details of this proposal to the board, is based out of Louisiana.

According to the company's provided documents, OffenderWatch is currently used at some capacity in 37 other states. The software provided by the company allows communication between law enforcement agencies to better track and manage registered sex offenders.

The proposal, which was unanimously approved by the commissioners, lists the price of a one year subscription to OffenderWatch at $2,575.

Prior to approving the proposal, Commissioner Melissa Dennis gave her endorsement to the software.

"I think it's a very good program, myself," Dennis said.

In addition to approving the Sheriff Office's proposal with OffenderWatch, the commissioners voted unanimously to allow the Sheriff's Office to go out on a bid for a new vehicle.

Undersheriff Travis Palmer represented the Sheriff's Office in asking the commissioners for approval the purchase.

"This is in place of the one we wrecked," Palmer said.

Dennis asked Palmer whether the vehicle in question would be new or used.

"Probably used," Palmer said.

The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of allowing the Sheriff's Office to seek bids for the purchase.

In addition to the support offered to the Sheriff's Office, commissioners discussed the possibility of using use tax funds to purchase PPE and safety equipment, to be reimbursed by CARES Act funds.

Commissioner Randy Thomas said the CARES Act funds made available to the county had to be used by Dec. 30, and come attached to strict stipulations.

"We've got to fit it in a tight box," Thomas said.

Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Director Breonna Thompson asked Thomas if the PCPSC would be eligible to be reimbursed for spending on PPE using the CARES Act funds. She said inmates in the jail have to wear masks anytime they are not in their cell, causing the facility to go through masks at an accelerated rate.

Thomas told Thompson that PCPSC would be eligible for such a reimbursement.

The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of utilizing the use tax in this way, with the expectation of CARES Act reimbursement.

Prior to the meeting's adjournment, the commissioners set a price for a county owned property, located at 114 N Rich. Two lots were put up for sale at $250 each after the board approved the set price unanimously.

Finally, the commissioners reviewed and approved OMMA certificates of compliance for six businesses, with two businesses located in each commissioner's district.

In District 1, Evergreen Meadows LLC and Bonzai Green LLC were both unanimously approved as compliant.

For District 2, Oklahoma Gas Company LLC and Zotik Farms LLC were both approved as compliant by a unanimous vote.

District 3's two certificates, for The Back 40 Roost Pharms, and N.A.H.O. LLC, were both approved compliant with a 3-0 vote from the board.


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