BELFAST, Maine — Waldo County Jail Administrator Jason Trundy has been appointed to fill the vacant lieutenant’s position with the county Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Scott Story announced the appointment of the veteran officer Tuesday. Trundy, who is also a member of the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen, has served the county as a corrections officer, patrol deputy and sheriff’s detective. He will replace former Lt. Bryant White, who retired last month.
Story said Trundy would remain in his current job overseeing the operation of the jail until it completes the transition from a high-security jail to a re-entry facility. The jail, which continues to operate as a 72-hour booking and bail facility, is undergoing extensive renovations to handle minimum-security inmates.
Instead of individual cells, the revamped facility will house inmates in a dormitory setting. Contractors began removing the cells last month.
“At what point Jason moves into the lieutenant’s slot has yet to be determined,” Story said. “His position as jail administrator is critical right now due to the mission change, and we will have to keep him in that position for some time. He will move into the patrol division at some point.”
As lieutenant, Trundy will supervise the patrol division and report directly to Chief Deputy Robert Keating.
The decision to downsize the jail was made by the state Board of Corrections as part of its ongoing jail consolidation program. The re-entry facility will handle inmates at the end of their prison sentences who will benefit from special programs before being released to their communities.
Volunteers of America, an inmate counseling group that has been working with Waldo County prisoners for the past few years, has been awarded the contract to provide counseling services at the re-entry facility. Story said the details of the contract were still being negotiated but the final package would fall below the facility’s $625,000 annual budget.
Story said he expected to have the re-entry facility up and running by September. He noted that 11 of the jail’s 26 positions were eliminated as a result of the downsizing. Some of those employees already have found other jobs, and some positions have been eliminated through attrition.