Navajo County Jail In Winslow Will Be Closed For Renovations

The entrance into the Winslow Branch of the Navajo County Jail

Navajo County Jail Commander Rod Bottoms estimates an opening date of September 2001 for the new jail and the Winslow facility will then be closed in order for repairs to be done to the existing building. The inmates from the Winslow facility, along with the people employed there, will be relocated to Holbrook.

Bottoms could not predict how long the Winslow facility was going to be closed, but he knew extensive repairs will be made to its plumbing and sewers.

The detention staff, which consists of 12 workers will be moved to Holbrook until the Winslow unit is completed. After completion, the renovated facility is expected to house Board of Prison inmates and inmates from throughout the county. Bottoms expects the refurbished facility to house less people than the 112 inmates it currently incarcerates.

Bottoms estimated almost half a million dollars has already been invested in the Winslow facility.

“I think the partnership with Winslow, the town, the mayor, the city government and the police department has been very good and we don’t want to do anything to ruin that,” Bottoms commented.

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