The Department employs 17 employees, 3 of which work at Detention facilities located away from the downtown headquarters. The Department's primary duties are to maintain and repair the electrical, structural, HVAC, and refrigeration at various locations within the county boundaries. Over the past 8 years, we have initiated the use of computer controlled HVAC devices in our downtown buildings, our Highway 6 Jail facility, and currently making plans to add our Juvenile Detention Facility. Our county buildings total around 1,500 tons of air-conditioning, which is spread out over 14 acres of climate-controlled office and detention space.
Along with these standard duties the Department maintains all laundry and kitchen equipment at these detention facilities, including food storage such as walk-in freezers and walk-in coolers. The Department is also maintains and repairs the electric and pneumatic security locks located with our detention systems. We replace about 3,000 light bulbs and 200 to 300 florescent lighting ballasts annually.