By Lyonel Doherty
The Community Advisory Board to the Okanagan Correctional Centre has welcomed two new members.
Kevin Tomlin and Aimee Grice will join the board that discusses issues relating to the jail.
The board consists of Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes, two town representatives and a representative from the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Hovanes said the group meets periodically to speak with corrections staff to learn about the operation and share issues and concerns.
He noted the facility has a $9 million annual payroll, adding the jail pumps $1.5 million into the local economy by buying locally whenever it can.
“It shops locally first,” he pointed out.
The mayor said the facility is looking to hire 35 more correctional officers, noting a lot of new officers have joined the staff.
Hovanes stated that the board has lunch at the jail, which makes him appreciate the meals he has at home.
He also mentioned that Town council will be going to the prison on February 21 for a meeting to discuss strategic priorities.
“Do not wear red or you may not get out (of jail),” he joked.
Inmates at the correctional centre wear red coveralls.