By Keri Thornton

The Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority approved a detention service agreement with the Cherokee Nation during a Nov. 6 meeting.

Administrator T.J. Girdner said it's a contract to house inmates who are charged in Cherokee Nation courts.

"We do house [inmates] from time to time," he said. "It's a no-guaranteed amount of days, and we may have about 10-15 a year."

The board gave nod to approve incentive awards for employees safety performance during the 2019 year.

During the administrative report, Girdner said there were 83 people in jail that morning - 72 men and 11 women. Three were sentenced to county time.

"Use-of-force for the month of October -- we had a total of 15 OC sprays, 14 restraint chairs, five fights that were inmate-on-inmate, and one attempted suicide," said Girdner. "We have video on all of those and no injuries were sustained in any of those incidents."

Approval of a monthly report from Williams & Williams was tabled until next meeting.

What's next

The next GBA meeting is Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Cherokee County Detention Center.

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