County signs acceptance of $33 million for new jail



Sheriff Loera answers questions from the board as Captain Clayton looks on
Sheriff Loera answers questions from the board as Captain Clayton looks on


EL CENTRO -  The County supervisors voted 4-0 (Supervisor Ryan Kelley was absent) to accept the Phase II Jail construct Financing Award of $33,000,000.

This award for the proposed new medium security adult detention jail was given to Vanir Construction Management Inc.

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office had been denied the full amount when they first applied for funds for the new jail. However, another county declined their reward opening the door for Imperial County to successfully resubmit their bid for the full amount necessary to build their jail.

The state required a 5% local match, which the board agreed to those terms, plus promising to agree hire and fund the increased personnel a larger jail would entail.

The 228 bed facility will also include a Sally Port (a controlled entrance) a pre-booking area, intake facilities, a teaching kitchen, laundry, print shop, and video visitation center.

Imperial County Sheriff Ray Loera said that the new jail would gradually add personnel so as not to cause “sticker shock” for the board. “Staffing is a costly issue. We will have incremental staffing as we move forward. Although I know you had to pre-approve the increased cost of staff for our county to be rewarded with these funds,” Loera said.

Captain Clayton of the Sheriff’s office said that the first shovel in the ground is estimated to be October 2014 and the finished jail will be ready by January 2016.