Cherokee County’s Governmental Building Authority discussed computer software for the new detention center Wednesday.

The authority met with Lowell Kratz, representing Golden Eagle computer systems. No decision was made on whether to select Golden Eagle, who said it can link the jail, 911 center and sheriff’s office in a system.

There was discussion of whether the item is one for which the authority will need to solicit bids, or if this could be a single-source issue. The current county jail has a system that links it with other entities.

District 3 Commissioner Mike Ballard, CCGBA chairman, said he’d like to set a meeting with Kratz, 911 Coordinator Darryl Maggard and Sheriff Norman Fisher to discuss the computer system. Kratz said he’d be willing to meet any time.

“We’re on your schedule,” he told the authority.

Ballard also said the CCGBA wants a jail administrator hired within the next two months.

“We’d like for him to be in on the meeting, too,” Ballard said.

Kratz said Golden Eagle is in 200 sites in 23 states. Caddo and Carter counties are the only Oklahoma counties using the system. He said the head of the company has a law enforcement background.

“He’s not coming at this from a computer programmer side,” Kratz said. “He’s coming at it from the policeman’s side.”

He said the Golden Eagle system will allow use by multiple agencies and has call-tracking capabilities. It can interface with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Oklahoma Law Enforcement Teletype System.

“It has three components,” Kratz explained. “It’s for jail, dispatch and incident reports.”

He said the system is user-friendly and can be programmed to track court dates for inmates and calculate jail stays.

The new detention center is expected to be complete later this year. Construction is ahead of schedule.

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