Commissioners agree: Jail doors are too green

July 19, 2013

They know, they know: the doors are too green.

For residents who worry the new bay doors on the Yadkin Jail look too much like a John Deere commercial and too little like a jail should - have no fear, say commissioners.

Commissioners and Sheriff’s Office officials are already taking note of the big green doors and plan to repaint them in efforts to make them look more official.

County commissioners and Yadkin county Manager Aaron Church discussed the issue during their July 15 meeting. The discussion of the doors was brought up during the discussion period before a vote to reclassify four detention officer positions to corporal positions.

“We’re aware of it and we’re going to try to make it look a little better without ordering a new door,” Church said.

Church told commissioners that they should prepare themselves for the comments to come, as some residents have already seen the doors and began expressing their displeasure with the “almost lime” colored doors.

“Another thing about the jail that if you haven’t heard you probably will hear - the door is very, very leprechaun green,” Church said. “The sun makes it more, almost, not quite lime. You can definitely see the door.”

The door was originally supposed to be a Hunter Green color but when installed were far lighter than hoped for. The doors are bay doors that open upward like a garage door, and can be seen from East Cherry Street.

Sheriff Ricky Oliver said it was more “John Deere green,” prompting several in the chamber to joke that since the doors are already John Deere green maybe the county should contact the company and offer to let them place a logo on the door to match - while in turn helping to pay for the jail’s cost.

Church told the board the county is looking into repainting the door a darker color rather than having to purchase a whole new door.

“I think we’re going to talk maybe sometime this week about painting it or dulling it down,” Church said. “It’s pretty bright.”

Once the discussion ended the board voted 5-0 to allow the reclassification of the officer positions.

“Basically that’s creating a core of supervisors within the new jail,” Church said.

Oliver told the board the new jail would need at least four deputies per shift in order to run the jail, with a 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday supervisor also in place for the administrative tasks. The four represent the bare minimum for staffing that the jail can use.

“It will physically take those four to keep that jail running,” Oliver said. He said the jail would need part-time help in order to run the jail as well.

Oliver said the new corporals would help train new staff as they come in and would establish a rank structure, something he said the jail has never had before.

“We already have a lieutenant position that will be the supervisor of the jail. Then this will be kind of like shift supervisors for the different teams so that each team working will have a supervisor in charge,” Church said.

The reclassification will allow Oliver to either hire new staff or promote from within to fill the slots. Promotions would give officers anywhere between a $1,000 to $2,000 pay increase for the added responsibilities.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.