Chapter 2.08


2.08.010    Findings – Action.

2.08.020    Control and supervision.

2.08.030    Accounts – Establishment.

2.08.010 Findings – Action.

The Cowlitz County Jail is currently under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff, Offender Services is currently under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court Judges and the Board of County Commissioners, and Probation is currently under the jurisdiction of the District Court Judges; and

The number of Cowlitz County offenders has been growing at a rapid rate in the last few years and the Jail has been exceeding capacity for many months; and

This increase in incarcerated people has had a tremendous impact on the Jail, Offender Services and Probation Departments; and

The impact on these departments will be even greater in the future due to the law and justice legislative appropriation which provides funding for more law enforcement personnel; and

It is evident the affected departments need to be combined into one unit for better coordination in reducing duplication of effort and to develop programmatic efficiencies.

Therefore, the Board of Cowlitz County Commissioners of Cowlitz County, Washington, reconfirms this Board’s action of October 22, 1990, to combine the Jail, Offender Services and Probation Departments into a Department of Corrections effective January 1, 1991. [Res. 90-204, 12-3-90.]

2.08.020 Control and supervision.

The Department of Corrections shall be under the immediate control and supervision of a director to be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners. [Res. 90-204, 12-3-90.]

2.08.030 Accounts – Establishment.

The Cowlitz County Budget Director shall work with the Treasurer and the Auditor to establish the accounts for the Department of Corrections in the manner required by law. [Res. 90-204, 12-3-90.]