The Miami County commissioners will hire a new manager for the county Transit Department following the resignation of former transit Director Regan Snider.
The commissioners voted following a May 3 executive session to accept Snider’s resignation. She had been placed on paid administrative leave by the commission April 24.
The leave was approved during an internal investigation by the county Human Resources Department and Leigh Williams, the commissioners’ clerk/administrator. The investigation ended with the resignation, Williams said.
Snider said she resigned “with many conflicted feelings and much consideration.” The resignation was effective May 4.
Snider was employed by the county 14 years and with the transit department as director since 2010.
The commissioners on May 8 voted to change the position tile from transit director to transportation manager. They also agreed to approve the hiring of a manager.
In other business last week, the commissioners agreed to seek statements of qualifications for design and engineering services for the Incarceration Facility (IF) holding cell addition project.
Sheriff Dave Duchak asked the commissioners to approve more holding/isolation cells to help with a growing number of inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues.
He asked commissioners recently to add 10 of the cells to the current seven. The sheriff said the IF was built with room to add the cells. He also requested a shower for use by those being held in the holding/isolation cells.
The commissioners did not commit to a specific number of additional cells. Those discussions will come with more information on plans and estimated costs.
Also approved for the sheriff’s office was a request to add to the agreement with Securus Technologies Inc., which provides telephone service for inmates at the county jail and the IF.
The addition to the agreement will allow inmates to transfer commissary account money to a debit account for use in purchasing phone minutes. Friends and family of inmates also will be able to fund the debit account through jail kiosks and online. The commissioners were told the funds deposited into the debit account are the property of the inmate.