Sheriff’s office takes unique approach to jail millage

We like how Alpena County Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski is working to get a jail millage passed.

The sheriff and Undersheriff Terry King have been making the chicken dinner circuit meeting with various groups. At the newspaper’s Senior Expo a few weeks ago the two gave a presentation, then after it was over spent several more hours going from table to table to meet with visitors, explain the millage, and answer any questions.

The newest effort Kieliszewski has come up with are Thursday night visits to the jail. From now until the election Nov. 7 every Thursday representatives of the sheriff’s office will give small group tours of the jail for the public to learn of its problems and have a chance to ask questions. The groups will last about a half hour in length. The tours will be held from 7-9 p.m.

“People will be able to come in and see for themselves the condition of the building and the work conditions of it,” he said. “Then they can make a judgment for themselves before they vote.”

We think the idea is a great one.

We urge county residents, especially those who are undecided about the millage at this point, to take advantage of the offer and see for themselves the current condition of the jail and learn more about the proposed changes.

An informed electorate is important, and this is a great opportunity to arm yourselves with facts, not fiction.