Grayson County commissioners this week approved a memorandum of understanding that will help the Sheriff’s office partner with the local United Way to improve security at the jail.


GCSO Capt. Sarah Bigham told commissioners the purpose of the MOU is to allow United Way of Grayson County to raise funds for the initial implementation of an electronic cell check program at the jail.


Under questioning from the commissioners, Bigham said the program would help jail staff watch separation cells like those used for suicide watch and other conditions. “But it can be used throughout the entire facility,” she said.


She said the United Way and other nonprofits have access to lots of grant funding that the GCSO doesn’t have, particularly where mental health is concerned.


Commissioner Phyllis James moved that they approve the matter and Commissioner Jeff Whitmire seconded it. No one voted against it. Information supplied with the item to commissioners said that Tyler Technologies is currently working on a project that is the same functionality. The county already works with Tyler technologies on a number of other programs. Bigham said they don’t yet have a cost estimate on that program.