Simpson County Jailer Race

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Everywhere you look in Simpson County, you can see the signs campaigning for jailer.

"There are 10 on the ballot. Two Republicans and eight Democrats."

Because there are so many running we could not interview them all. So Simpson County Judge Executive Jim Henderson filled us in on what the position of jailer entails.

"Of course the primary job is to keep the inmates incarcerated. Keep the facility run like it should be run."

Simpson County's jail has 180 beds for inmates and there are 40 employees of the jail. The jailer is responsible for administration duties and a two and a half million dollar budget for the jail.

"It is a tough job and I think most of the candidates probably don't realize the level of stress and headaches that come with the job. I don't think anyone can appreciate it if they haven't been there."

Henderson says some of the candidates may be interested in being elected jailer because of the position's annual salary.

"It's actually about 62. It's set by statutes. All the jailers’ positions in the state are determined by a formula that is in the law."

The $62,000 salary is determined by how many inmates the jail can house and the experience level of the jailer.

The eight Democratic candidates running for Simpson County Jailer are: James W. Huff, Bob Huber, Steve Kelley, Mark Spitzer, Bobby West, Curtis J. Burgett, Robert Todd Burress, and Wayne "Rosie" West

The two Republican candidates running for jailer are: Dan Spears and Robert Lawrence.

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