Jefferson County, CO- Damon Slayton, the inmate released by mistake from the Jefferson County Jail this past Tuesday morning, is back in jail today. Sheriff's officials call the mistake; human error. The department has taken corrective measures they simply label as "checks and balances" that will verify inmate releases. Does human error translate into a lack of human capital?
In widely known concern that the sheriff's department is understaffed- what does this mean for public safety? By the off chance public safety is being compromised in order to attribute staffing shortages to a lack of better pay for sworn personnel, a check and balance system of the mass exodus of employees leaving the sheriffs office has hit the campaign trail. Three days prior to Mondays mistaken release, Sheriff Mink and his personally endorsed candidate for the next sheriff of Jefferson County, high ranking Jeffco Sheriff Division Chief, Jeff Shrader, stood on stage together before a packed house of the Jeffco GOP for the assembly process. Moments before this staged appearance, Jeffco GOP Chairman, Bill Tucker, decided to present an on stage award to Sheriff Mink for his outstanding ability to protect the county.
Chief Shrader, who's touted his experience as being the only qualified to serve as the next sheriff of Jeffco having over seen all operations of the department including detentions, labels himself a solid victory. However, more than 40% of delegates in attendance at Saturdays assembly disagree that Sheriff Mink and Division Chief, Jeff Shrader, are a solid victory.
For the sake of a solid victory in public safety, perhaps Mink and Shrader should've been the human capital needed Tuesday morning to ensure their checks and balance system was functioning properly.