Henry County Sheriff breaks ground at site of new jail
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa —
The Henry County Sheriff's Office broke ground Wednesday at the future site of its new jail.
The community was invited to celebrate at the property Wednesday morning, which neighbors the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility on South Grand Avenue.
Sheriff Rich McNamee said the county's expansion efforts date back to the 1980s. It wasn't until August of last year though, when the voters approved the county's $9 million bond measure.
"It's overwhelming,” McNamee said. “When the vote came in on that night, I was nervous. We needed at least 60 percent. When they said 84.7 percent, I was just overwhelmed. You can see today, I got a little emotional, but that night, I was very emotional. I couldn't believe that our public bought in and believed in us that much."
The new jail comes with 96 beds, compared to the eight beds the current facility has now.
The majority of inmates are being housed in at least three neighboring counties. McNamee said the first order of business will be to move those inmates back to Henry County.
Construction is scheduled to wrap up mid-summer of 2019.