May 1, 2013 —
Both parties agreed to the injunction which barred the two fiscal courts from filing a copy of the interlocal agreement establishing the NRJA with the secretary of state and the county clerks of both counties.
The injunction delayed the implementation of the NRJA until the court could consider the legal issues.
Boyd and Carter fiscal courts entered into an agreement last spring to operate the jails in the two counties under a single authority headquartered in Catlettsburg.
Proponents of the move, including Boyd Judge-Executive Williams Stevens and Carter Judge-Executive Charles Wallace, maintain such an arrangement would promote efficiency and help both counties bring their spiraling jail costs under control.
Opponents, however, argued the move was a political ploy aimed at stripping power from Boggs and Burchett, both of whom have frequently found themselves at odds with the fiscal courts.
The interlocal agreement states the NJRA will commence operation when a governing board is appointed by Stevens and Wallace, a budget is prepared and approved by both fiscal courts and an agreement is reached between the NJRA and the counties on the use of respective jails in each county.
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