Gila County will receive nearly $231,000 in stimulus funds to temporarily staff the new women’s jail in Globe, Governor Jan Brewer announced this week.
The money will pay the salary of a nurse for 11 months, along with nine months of salary for one sergeant and four officers.
Late last year, the county approved bonding for an $806,000 women’s jail to alleviate overcrowding. The old women’s jail housed 33 women each night on average despite a capacity of just 18.
Brewer allocated the $4 million, which came from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, all to rural counties. She could spend the money at her discretion, as long as the project fell within one of five categories including education reform, health care and children’s programs, public safety, technology or economic development.
“I understand the vital services counties throughout greater Arizona deliver to their communities, as well as the fiscal challenges they face,” said Brewer. “In the current budget climate, the availability of these funds for rural areas is crucial to maintaining services.” Of the 13 counties receiving money, Graham and Greenlee received the most, winning about $465,000 each. Santa Cruz County received $446,000, Yavapai got $395,000 and La Paz won $390,000. Gila, along with Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Mojave, Navajo, Pinal and Yuma each received roughly $231,000.