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County alliance pays off

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:23 am

Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors gladly approved the 2017-18 fiscal year budget for the Northern Neck Regional Jail. Supervisors were happy because this year the county does not have to come up with a penny for jail operations.
Westmoreland BOS Chairman Darryl Fisher announced, “We have a unique situation at the Northern Neck Regional Jail, as there has been no need for a local contribution from Westmoreland County to operate.” Fisher added that twenty years out into the future, operation should not cost anything to the localities.
In August of 2016 the BOS voted to allow Gloucester County to become a partnering member of the Northern Neck Regional Jail located at 3908 Richmond Road, Warsaw Virginia.
During the August meeting Fisher said, “We’ve been in process of negotiation for the past several months with the County of Gloucester to bring them on ultimately as a partner in the regional jail. It is the consensus of the existing owners to move in that direction”
Before Glouster came on board, Westmoreland County owned 50 percent of The Northern Neck Regional Jail. Richmond and Northumberland Counties each owned a 25 percent share.
Gloucester County expressed a desire to become a participating member of the Jurisdiction of the Jail Board and began using the NNRJ to house their prisoners.
Once the proposed action was approved, Gloucester, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties owned equal 25 percent shares of the prison and Gloucester County began paying lease payments to the Northern Neck Jail Board beginning in 2017 in the amount of over $680,000 a year.

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