OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority unanimously voted to appoint Greg Williams, the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, as the new jail administrator.
At their meeting Monday afternoon, the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority, known as the jail trust, unanimously voted to appoint Greg Williams as the new jail administrator.
Williams is currently the Deputy Chief of Operations for ODOC and has over 30 years of experience with the department.
"His understanding of leadership, he's done a lot of the trainings. He's done a lot of the staff recruitment, retention," Tricia Everest, the chair of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority, said.
Williams wrote the trust when applying for the job, saying in part, "My passion is seeing people and organizations grow, evolve and change."
As far as when Williams will be officially hired, where the money to pay him will come from, and what his contract will look like, those details still need to be ironed out by the budget board and the newly-created jail transition committee.
"We're kind of in a holding pattern," Everest said.
"The trust continues to build up expenses but with no money. That's concerning and it's concerning to hear that the county may not be able to afford this trust," Sheriff P.D. Taylor said.
The sheriff still plans to be moved out of the jail, handing over jail operations, by January 1st. So, time is of the essence.
"The sooner the jail administrator can hit the street and get to work and hopefully get paid- if they ever get the money to pay him, I'm ready to go to work with him," Sheriff Taylor said.
Members of the trust are remaining hopeful that things are moving in the right direction.
"I have a feeling with that desire by the sheriff, with us bringing on a chief executive officer, that we'll start seeing things move a lot faster," Everest said.
"It's gotta be pretty quick, January 1st, the clock's ticking," Sheriff Taylor said.