ECSO fires jail contract employee

An employee contracted with the Ector County Detention Center was fired for taking pictures of herself with inmates, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office release said.

The employee was hired to work in the kitchen at the detention center, and works for Summit Food Services, based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Sheriff Mike Griffis advised the employee’s supervisor that she should no longer be allowed to work at the facility.

“We do not allow any photos of anything in the jail, unless it is authorized by me, photos of inmates are not permitted,” Griffis said.

ECSO was unaware of the existence of the photos, or when they were taken, until a local media station contacted them about their policies allowing that.

“If any employee takes any photos of inmates or inside the jail, they are going to find themselves unemployed,” Griffis said.