Phil Sims is just one week away from taking over as Marshall County sheriff. Incumbent Sheriff Scott Walls lost to Sims in Junes’ GOP primary election.
Sheriff-elect, Phil Sims, is using this week to finalize plans and prepare for the transition. One of the first duties he will carry out is feeding inmates.
“Some time that morning, we’ll have food in place, so when it’s time to feed breakfast, we’ll have breakfast ready to go. We’ll have lunch ready to go,” said Sims.
The Marshall County jail has faced a lot of controversy in 2018. They had inmates escape from the jail, jailers get arrested, and an altercation where city law enforcement had to be called in. Sims says they have a plan and fixing the problems in the jail is his main focus right now.
“We can do some corrective measures in the jail that can hopefully solve some of the problems with the cell phones, you know, and drugs being smuggled in,” said Sims.
Getting more deputies in the sheriff’s office is his second priority. He says one of the biggest problems he is facing is “manpower, supervision, and accountability, bringing back basic law enforcement functions. We gotta make sure those are being done and done correctly.”