Sutton to run LCDC in interim agreement

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Attorney Herb Bristow explains to Limestone County commissioners court the terms of two financial settlements, and a contract with Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the private prison after Dec. 17, when the current operator leaves. Shown here, clockwise from top left, are County Clerk Peggy Beck, Bristow, Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen and Commissioners William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County authorities have taken up an offer from Mike Sutton, longtime administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center, to run the county’s private prison on an interim basis through a new company he has formed beginning Dec. 17. That is the last day Management Training Corporation will officially run the empty facility.

According to County Judge Daniel Burkeen MTC had submitted in writing a 90-day notice to break ties with the LCDC in September, but it did not come up in open court since it was not an actionable item, only a comment at the time that the company was “stepping back from its responsibility.”

At the commissioners court meeting this past Monday, the court went into executive session for an hour, first with only its attorney Herb Bristow, then after about 20 minutes calling in Sutton.

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