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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

from Commissioner Cook, Garry & Doris!!

  • 17 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2468

Caricature by local Round Rock ISD teacher and artist Zachary Jackson of Commissioner Cook, Garry and Doris on ice skates in front of a white Christmas tree with ornaments throughout and on the tree and 2 partridges on Garry.

Who's Watching the Jail

Commissioner Cook's Column -- The photo was provided by the Williamson County Public Information Office.

  • 16 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3191

Jails are like living organisms, breathing and moving 24/7/365 days a year.The Williamson County jail in Georgetown houses approximately 600 inmates daily and has bed space for 1,104. Officers and civilian personnel provide 24-hour a day security, transport inmates to and from court, pick up inmates from other counties and states, and supervise inmate recreation, visitation and other activities.

Needing constant care and feeding, a jail requires a committed community to provide safety both to county residents and inmates.

The Texas Legislature created the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in 1975 to implement a statewide policy for all county jail facilities to conform to minimum standards of construction, maintenance, and operation. Its nine diverse members are appointed to staggered six-year terms by the governor with concurrence by the Texas Senate. This commission establishes, revises, and documents these minimum standards, including jail inspection procedures, enforcement policies and technical assistance.

The standards have been established for:

  1. Construction, equipment, maintenance, and operation of the jail
  2. Custody, care, and treatment of inmates
  3. Programs of rehabilitation, education, and recreation for inmates.

Inspections may be scheduled or unannounced and may require most of a week to accomplish; written reports are received by the sheriff after the review. Recently, after three days of scrutiny, the inspector announced to our County Judge, Sheriff Mike Gleason, and in the presence of Chief Deputy Ken Evans, that our Williamson County jail is the one in the state he would recommend anyone tasked with oversight and administration of a medium to large jail to visit.

Wow – another department showcasing the best in staff, strategy and administration joins our many departments such as EMS, the Juvenile Justice Center, Purchasing, and Budget offices as being recommended to other counties to study and emulate.

So how has this turnaround occurred?  The County Sheriff is ultimately responsible for the county jail.  Sharing this responsibility with Sheriff Gleason is Evans and the heavily recruited Assistant Chief Deputy Kathleen Pokluda.  Our Sheriff started with Williamson County as a corrections officer and wound up as the Chief Jail Administrator before advancing to other leadership positions in the Sheriff’s department.  

Commissioner Cook Honored Dec. 9 by the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District Board

The ceremony was held during the MUD Board's meeting/townhall at their community center.

  • 10 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1995

After redistricting, Commissioner Cook will no longer represent the Brushy Creek MUD area in her redrawn precinct. Last night was her farewell to the BCMUD and theirs to her.The Brushy Creek MUD Board presents a plaque of recognition and appreciation to Commissioner Cook for her service to them. The plaque with an inscription of recognition and appreciation to Commissioner Cook for her service and dedication to the Brushy Creek MUD now hangs in her office.

Commissioner Cook's newly redistricted Precinct 1 Map

  • 17 November 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2416

Wilco's September 2021 Voting Precincts

  • 29 October 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2512


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