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Who's Watching the Jail

Commissioner Cook's Column -- The photo was provided by the Williamson County Public Information Office.

  • 16 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2597

Jails are like living organisms, breathing and moving 24/7/365 days a year.The Williamson County jail in Georgetown houses approximately 600 inmates daily and has bed space for 1,104. Officers and civilian personnel provide 24-hour a day security, transport inmates to and from court, pick up inmates from other counties and states, and supervise inmate recreation, visitation and other activities.

Needing constant care and feeding, a jail requires a committed community to provide safety both to county residents and inmates.

The Texas Legislature created the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in 1975 to implement a statewide policy for all county jail facilities to conform to minimum standards of construction, maintenance, and operation. Its nine diverse members are appointed to staggered six-year terms by the governor with concurrence by the Texas Senate. This commission establishes, revises, and documents these minimum standards, including jail inspection procedures, enforcement policies and technical assistance.

The standards have been established for:

  1. Construction, equipment, maintenance, and operation of the jail
  2. Custody, care, and treatment of inmates
  3. Programs of rehabilitation, education, and recreation for inmates.

Inspections may be scheduled or unannounced and may require most of a week to accomplish; written reports are received by the sheriff after the review. Recently, after three days of scrutiny, the inspector announced to our County Judge, Sheriff Mike Gleason, and in the presence of Chief Deputy Ken Evans, that our Williamson County jail is the one in the state he would recommend anyone tasked with oversight and administration of a medium to large jail to visit.

Wow – another department showcasing the best in staff, strategy and administration joins our many departments such as EMS, the Juvenile Justice Center, Purchasing, and Budget offices as being recommended to other counties to study and emulate.

So how has this turnaround occurred?  The County Sheriff is ultimately responsible for the county jail.  Sharing this responsibility with Sheriff Gleason is Evans and the heavily recruited Assistant Chief Deputy Kathleen Pokluda.  Our Sheriff started with Williamson County as a corrections officer and wound up as the Chief Jail Administrator before advancing to other leadership positions in the Sheriff’s department.  

Commissioner Cook Honored Dec. 9 by the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District Board

The ceremony was held during the MUD Board's meeting/townhall at their community center.

  • 10 December 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1541

After redistricting, Commissioner Cook will no longer represent the Brushy Creek MUD area in her redrawn precinct. Last night was her farewell to the BCMUD and theirs to her.The Brushy Creek MUD Board presents a plaque of recognition and appreciation to Commissioner Cook for her service to them. The plaque with an inscription of recognition and appreciation to Commissioner Cook for her service and dedication to the Brushy Creek MUD now hangs in her office.

Commissioner Cook's newly redistricted Precinct 1 Map

  • 17 November 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1941

Wilco's September 2021 Voting Precincts

  • 29 October 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2044

Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, for Constitutional Amendments & Special Elections Information

Friday, Oct. 29 is the last day for Early Voting.

  • 29 October 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2011


Click on pdf above for a full list of Election Day Vote Centers in Williamson County

Registered voters may vote at any location listed below from 7am to 7pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Anderson Mill Limited District, 11500 El Salido Pkwy
Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd
Gateway Church, 7104 McNeil Dr
Harmony School of Endeavor, 13415 RR 620
Hartfield Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Dr
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W Parmer Ln
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 9700 Neenah Ave
Northwest Fellowship Church, 13427 Pond Springs Rd
Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trl

Round Rock
Allen R Baca Center, 301 W Bagdad St, Building 2
Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr
Cedar Ridge High School, 2801 Gattis School Rd
Fellowship Church, 3379 Gattis School Rd
Fern Bluff MUD Community Center, 7320 Wyoming Springs Dr
Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr
Round Rock Randalls, 2051 Gattis School Rd
Round Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trl
Sleep Inn & Suites, 1980 S IH 35 Frontage Rd
Teravista Community Center, 4211 Teravista Club Dr
Williamson County Jester Annex, 1801 E Old Settlers Blvd


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