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Clark County's new director of corrections pledges to fix problem in the jail

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A low moral among corrections officers, deteriorated training and a lack of consistency enforcing procedures leads Interim Clark County Sheriff Brian Meyer to appoint a new jail director.

Meyer asked Terry Hubler, a no-nonsense kind of guy, to take the job.

"I'm a terrible conversationalist," said Hubler. "It's just one of the curses I'm stuck with."

That letter-of-the-law approach to life is exactly why he landed the position after 38 years with the Clark County Sheriff's office. Prior leaders left with the ouster of Sheriff Danny Rodden who was forced to retire as part of a plea deal for lying to the FBI to cover up an affair with a prostitute.

Rodden and prior jail leaders left behind some problems to fix. Hubler said, "We have officers that have been trying to do the job, but they haven't had a great deal of structure."  He said morale among jailers is low and training for new workers has deteriorated. It's exposed cracks in the system.

In January investigations uncovered Destiny Hoffman and Jason O'Connor sitting in the Clark County jail more than five months after their sentence had ended. The County's drug court would ultimately take blame for not releasing the inmates. "I'm not sure how you lose somebody for that many days," Hubler said. "That's just not acceptable." A month later, reports revealed inmate Michael Zalat sneaking into the women's side of the jail, unnoticed for hours.

In his first five days on the job Hubler implemented a better reporting system. He said, " Issues are documented more clearly and brought to supervisors' attention with a checks-and-balance." Changes were being demanded. "There was a lot of DVD's being watched and computers attended to and cell phone calls and that is over," said Interim Clark County Sheriff Brian Meyer. "That's done. You are here for one reason and one reason only: to tend to and watch the inmates 24 hours a day."

Hubler is also making all jail staff come in through the same door as the inmates -- no more side entries. Corrections officers' backpacks are banned, material must be kept in a clear bag and reviewed with supervisors before they come into the jail. "They have also been advised that their cell phone use is for emergency situations and not social media," said Hubler

The new director of correction may not be big on conversation, but he does have one message for his officers and the public. "Being a part of an organization like this is something bigger than yourself so you'd better be invested... the facility will be run in as professional a manner as possible."

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