New Detention Facility to be Named after Sheriff Oren Fox

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Sheriff Oren Fox with his children (l-r) Shannon, Tammy, Cindy, and Michael.
Sheriff Oren Fox  (center) with his children, (l-r) Shannon, Tammy, Cindy, and Michael.

EL CENTRO — Imperial County honored past Sheriff Oren Fox at the county Board of Supervisor’s meeting Tuesday, April 14, by naming the new $34 million jail to be constructed, after him.

According to Sheriff Raymond Loera, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office was honored to name the new facility after Sheriff Fox for his years of dedicated service to the country and the County of Imperial. Fox served 33 years of commendable, distinguished and inspirational service to the county, according to the proclamation read by Ryan Kelley, chairman of the Imperial County Board of  Supervisors.

“When I first entered law enforcement, it was Oren Fox who hired me. He ran a superb department and I learned a lot under his jurisdiction,” said Supervisor Michael Kelley, District 3.

The 274-bed facility will be a two-story medium security adult detention center totaling 62,000 square feet.

According to Sheriff Loera, the new jail facility is critical to the local criminal justice system and will serve multiple law enforcement agencies in the community. This is especially important with the realignment of the California State Prison facilities, as many of the inmates previously housed at the state prisons are being returned to county jails, further constricting current jail space. County law enforcement is also tasked with lowering the recidivism rate to keep prison inmate numbers to a minimum.

The financing requires the State Public Works Board (SPWB), on behalf of the state, to hold ownership interest of the jail facilities until the bonds are sold and paid off, approximately 30 years. Imperial County must certify that it has its share of hard cash totaling $736,000.