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Bourbon County to hire 2 part-time staffers at jail

The Bourbon County Fiscal Court approved Thursday night temporarily hiring a part-time chief deputy jailer and an administrative clerk at the county jail.

The recommendations for the hiring came from the state Department of Corrections and a private jail consultant, who have been assisting at the Bourbon County Detention Center since the jailer and the chief deputy jailer were indicted Tuesday.

Tommy White, a retired corrections officer from Lexington, will fill in as chief deputy jailer. A clerk was not named at the meeting Thursday.

The temporary positions will start Monday and will last at least 30 days, said Judge Executive Donnie Foley at a fiscal court meeting. The fiscal court also plans to advertise for a food service employee, deputy jailers and a maintenance worker for the jail.

Jailer Tony Horn has been charged with two counts of tampering with public records, a class D felony, and two counts of first-degree official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. The allegations include that Horn ordered the destruction of e-mails after an inmate's death in February with "the intent to impair the e-mails' availability for use in the official proceeding."

Chief Deputy Jailer Sandy Dotson has been charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence, a class D felony, and one count of official misconduct.

Horn's and Dotson's employment status is still unclear, but Foley said they have not been at the jail since the indictment. The fiscal court met in executive session regarding a personnel issue at the jail but took no action.