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Essex County may rename jail for late Sheriff Hommes (update)

March 28, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer


Enterprise Staff Writer

ELIZABETHTOWN - Essex County might rename its jail after deceased former Sheriff Henry Hommes.

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Henry Hommes
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The Ways and Means Committee of the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday morning to explore the possibility and cost of changing the name of the Essex County Jail and Public Safety Building to the Henry H. Hommes Memorial Jail and Public Safety Building.

Supervisor Gerald Morrow, D-Chesterfield, proposed the change, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas, D-Jay.

"Henry was well respected," Douglas said. "I think it's a good thing. I'm in full support of it."

Douglas has appointed a committee to study the issue consisting of five supervisors, with Morrow as chair, and six county department heads including Richard Cutting, Hommes' successor as sheriff. Douglas said he has heard no negative feedback so far. He said he hopes the change will be made by June, at which time the county will hold a celebration.

The 120-bed jail in Lewis opened in 2007, replacing an 1800s-era jail in Elizabethtown. Hommes said in a 2009 interview with the Enterprise that the jail was the biggest change he saw in his tenure in office.

Hommes, who had been sheriff for 13 years, died last summer, and Cutting, his undersheriff, was elected to succeed him.


Contact Nathan Brown at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or



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