Lieutenant Colonel James Martin, a 12-year Marion County Sheriff’s Office veteran, was named Jail Commander. Major Melissa Hamblen took over Martin’s former duties at the Arrestee Processing Center (APC). Former Jail Commander Royce Cole will now serve as Captain at the APC.
Discipline was also administered to 18 deputies. Specific information about the discipline was not provided, but was said to range from a letter of caution to 24-hour suspensions.
Sheriff John Layton issued the following statement:
“We are very proud of our triple accreditations at the Marion County Jail. However, the Jail Division must accept every day as a new challenge to meet those standards. If standards are not met, action must be taken. I have full faith and confidence in Lieutenant Colonel Martin. Martin has served the citizens of Marion County well as the APC Commander. Now, Lieutenant Colonel Martin and his staff will shine at the Marion County Jail.”