LOGAN — Cache County Sheriff Lynn Nelson said to prevent future jailbreaks he needs more staff and more money spent on jail repairs.
In a letter to the county executive and chairman of the county council, Nelson said an old building and short staffing contributed to an escape Sunday. He asked for five new jailers and money to fix the building.
Leland Harris Clark apparently climbed through the suspended ceiling in the jail's laundry and made his way to the front lobby area, where he walked out the front doors.
Clark, who was serving time for white-collar crimes, remained at large Thursday and officials believe he is no longer in Cache Valley. Three alleged accomplices, including one inmate and two people outside the jail, may be arrested in the next few days in connection with Clark's escape.
Nelson said the jail is 30 years old and that a remodeling project seven years ago was done on a shoestring budget.
The laundry room was overlooked during the remodeling. It was discovered at the last minute that the room lacked plumbing. Officials failed to recognize at that time that the room was not secure.
Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon said Thursday that he told the sheriff to move forward with the repairs and that the funding will have to be appropriated later.
As for staffing, Lemon asked the sheriff to make a presentation to the council at its next meeting July 11.