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During an otherwise routine weekly meeting of the Comanche County commissioners Monday morning, William Hobbs, administrator of the Comanche County Detention Center, told commissioners a proposal to move some inmates to stateand private facilities would cost the jail money.
During his weekly report to the commissioners, Hobbs was asked about how a proposal by Corrections officer Robert Patton, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to move some inmates at overcrowded county jails across the state who have traditionally been held at county facilities would affect the Comanche County jail.
Hobbs said the proposal would most likely cost the jail about $500,000 annually. County jails receive $27 per inmate a day from the state Department of Corrections.
“It’s a significant chunk of revenue,” said Hobbs.
Friday afternoon wasn’t the first time former District Judge Allen McCall has asked Comanche County District Court Judge Emmit Tayloe to repeat an oath after him, but it was the first time the former judge gave something away to the longtime defense attorney — the seat in his former courtroom.
Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Tayloe to the judgeship position earlier this month following a rigorous selection process initiated by McCall’s September retirement, and even though Tayloe was officially sworn in Tuesday — a substantial caseload demanded immediate action — a formal ceremony to celebrate Tayloe’s addition to a team of judges that “laid the foundation” for such a finely-tuned courthouse was held Friday afternoon.
McCall, who married Tayloe and his wife, Dolina, 29 years ago, said he was honored when Tayloe asked him to read his judicial oath before a crowd of family, friends, legal professionals , law enforcement officers, former classmates and local and state representatives.
“We’ve been six and a half months without a judge and to say it’s been challenging is an understatement,” Presiding District Court Judge Mark Smith said, thanking everyone from court clerks to prosecutors who have all chipped in to help keep the wheels of justice turning during the judicial selection process. Aside from the immediate relief Tayloe’s swearing-in provided to court officials, Smith said, Friday was “a special day, a great day, a happy day.”
Tayloe’s first items of business this week have been conducted in a handme-down robe with the initials, “J.B.” in the back.
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