Elected county officials and Fayette County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Drake came out to celebrate during the new Fayette County Jail groundbreaking ceremony with the Fayette County Commissioners. Pictured (L-R) are Drake, County Engineer Steve Luebbe, Marion Township trustees Jeff Speakman and Cody Kirkpatrick, Clerk of Courts Sandy Wilson, Commissioner Tony Anderson, Auditor Brenda Mossbarger, Commissioner Dan Dean, Recorder Cathy Templin, Judge Victor Pontius, Treasurer Susan Dunn, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, Commissioner Jim Garland and County Prosecutor Jess Weade.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was represented at the groundbreaking ceremony by several staff members: (L-R) Chief Deputy Andy Bivens, Captain Ryan McFarland, Detective Jon Fausnaugh, Jail Administrator Matt Weidman, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, Administrative Services and Communications Sergeant Jodi Kelley, Deputy Butch Witherspoon, Deputy Brian Crooks, Detective Dirk Withersoon and Deputy Marvin Arnold.
City officials joined the Fayette County Commissioners in support of the ceremony as well. Pictured (L-R) are Commissioner Jim Garland, City Council members Dale Lynch and Kendra Hernandez, Judge Victor Pontius, Commissioner Dan Dean, City Council Member Steve Shiltz, City Manager Joe Denen, Commissioner Tony Anderson, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, Washington Police Department Chief Brian Hottinger and City Council Member Steve Jennings.
Madison and Greene County Sheriff Departments were represented alongside Sheriff Vernon Stanforth at the ceremony. Pictured (L-R) are Greene County Chief Deputy Mike Brown, Greene County Major Kirk Keller, Madison County Sheriff John Swaney, Stanforth and Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer.
Granger Construction Company, Shremshock and USDA representatives were present at the ceremony and gave speeches. Granger is handling the construction of the new jail, Shremshock is the architect for the project and the USDA helped with financing through it’s Community Facilities program.