Commissioners review jail commissary audit

Ector County Commissioners unanimously approved an annual audit report of the Ector County Law Enforcement Center commissary account.
The jail commissary operation audit is performed at least once each county fiscal year to verify compliance with local government codes and the standards established by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards guidelines. Commissioners reviewed the audit, conducted Dec. 17, 2018, during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday and found that the jail commissary complied in all aspects.
A commissary in a detention facility operates like a store where inmates may purchase products such as clothing, writing materials and hygiene supplies. Ector County Judge Debi Hays compared the audit to a bank confirming that the amount of money in a teller drawer adds up at the end of the day.
“We monitor it throughout the year and the sheriff is very good about his personnel and controlling the money,” Ector County Auditor David Austin said. “We’ve never had any issues with the commissary.”
The Ector County Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Keefe Commissary Network since March 2009, the audit stated. The current three-year contract with Keefe runs through Dec. 31, 2019, but the contract states that the agreement will continue indefinitely until Keefe or Sheriff Mike Griffis provide a 30-day written notice to terminate the contract.
Austin said after the audit is presented to the Commissioners’ Court it is then sent to the TCJS for approval.


  • The reappointment of Richard (Buz) Browning, Winston Kenworthy and Mark Merritt to the Ector County Airport Advisory Board to serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
  • The use of Barn A at the Ector County Coliseum for the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.
  • A proposed transfer of title – Unit No. 952 Sheriff’s Office Vehicle – 2011 Chevrolet Impala LS (Fleet) – VIN No. 2G1WD5EM9B1211530 – settlement of auto claim – travelers insurance.
  • The inventory report of GEO.
  • The request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Engineering and Program/Project Management Services for the County Roadway Projects.
  • Bid specifications on the following: a.) Liquid Asphalt Emulsion; b.) Asphalt Patching Material; c.) Graded Base Material; d.) Seal Coat Aggregate; and e.) water.
  • The Amendment and Agreement between Ector County and Tyler Technologies, Inc. regarding the Licensed Software: Tyler’s Odyssey Online Integration Toolkit for the integration of court case images into the Odyssey Integrated Courts and Justice System (ICJ).
  • The Facility Use Agreement between the Red Cross and Ector County.
  • The County Information Resources Agency Services Agreement between Ector County and County Information Resources Agency (CIRA) beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Hiring a Criminal Investigator at Step 5 due to experience.
  • Hiring a technician at a Step 3 due to experience.
  • A request to re-hire a deputy clerk at a Step 4 due to experience.
  • A request to hire an attorney at a Step 8 due to experience and to make it retroactive to start date of Jan. 7, 2019.
  • A Licensed Vocational Nurse position, omitting the position of a Certified Medical Assistant for the Detention Center.
  • The Health Benefits Plan document with amendment for FY 2019.
  • A Replat of 11.32 acres of Lot 1, Block 2, Youngville Subdivision in Section 12, Block 44, T-2-S, T&P RY. Co. Survey, Ector County, Texas.
  • Gardea MHRC, on 5748 W. Cross St. Ector County, Texas.
  • A Replat of Lot 3, Block 27, Pleasant Farms Subdivision, third filing being a Subdivision of 9.24 acres in Ector County, Texas.
  • A Replat of Lots 9, Block 6, Gage Acres Section 5, Ector County, Texas.
  • A budget amendment to Elections Administrator Fund, Part Time Salaries, 004-950-5104 and to Chapter 19 Funds, 004-4190 in the amount of $2,256.
  • The Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for Jan. 22, 2019 and County financial statements.