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File #: AB2020-214    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 5/7/2020 In control: Council Finance and Administrative Services Committee
On agenda: 6/16/2020 Final action: 6/16/2020
Enactment date: 6/16/2020 Enactment #: ORD 2020-034
Title: Ordinance suspending Whatcom County Code 1.28 to update the Correctional Facilities Operational Standards
Indexes: Jail, Sheriff
Attachments: 1. Agenda Bill Master Report, 2. Adopted Ordinance 2020-034, 3. Staff Memo, 4. Proposed Ordinance, 5. WCC 1.28 as of May 2019 before it was suspended, 6. Notice of Action Proposed on 6.2.2020, 7. Notice of Action Taken on 6.16.2020
Related files: AB2019-043, AB2021-340, AB2019-308, AB2018-381, AB2024-096, AB2023-090
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Primary Contact Email:    bwaldron@co.whatcom.wa.us




Ordinance suspending Whatcom County Code 1.28 to update the Correctional Facilities Operational Standards





Whatcom County Code (WCC) section 1.28 creates the standards for Whatcom County Correctional Facilities.  These standards were suspended by the Council for 12 months effective July 8, 2019, pursuant to Ordinance 2019-047.  Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has been unable to complete the update to the Correctional Standards.  Continued suspension of WCC section 1.28 would provide the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office additional time to complete these standards.


Whatcom County Council will have a public hearing, consider adopting, and may amend the following at its June 2, 2020 meeting, or at a later date: ORDINANCE SUSPENDING WHATCOM COUNTY CODE 1.28 TO UPDATE THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES OPERATIONAL STANDARDS (AB2020-214):  This Ordinance temporarily suspends Whatcom County Code (WCC) section 1.28 in its entirety for up to 12 months beginning July 8, 2020, and temporarily adopts in its place the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office correctional facilities operational standards as collectively established through various documents, including but not limited to, written general policies, corrections bureau operational policies and procedures, medical policies and procedures, the Sheriff’s Office Rules and Regulations Manual, and the Uniform Building Code.  

Whatcom County, Washington
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