Bexar County welcomes new jail administrator

Raul Banasco says jail staffing a top priority

SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau welcomed a new jail administrator for the Bexar County Adult Detention Center on Friday.

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Raul Banasco, who previously worked in Florida, said Friday that while he has officially been on the job for only a week, he knows he has some challenges ahead of him.

Just last month, there was a fight at the jail between two detention officers, a deputy was arrested for assaulting his wife and and another deputy was accused of interfering with the arrest of his wife on domestic abuse charges.

"I'm familiar with some of the occurrences that have recently happened (and the) inappropriate, unprofessional behavior from the staff," said Banasco. "At this time, we are working those things through."

Aside from making sure the staff is safe, Banasco said it's also important that the inmates are safe and that they are treated in a humane manner, where their issues are addressed while they are incarcerated so they can ultimately reduce the inmate population.

However, the biggest goal for Banasco is getting the department at 100 percent staffed.

In the meantime, he said they'll be looking at implementing overtime until they can get things where they need to be.

"We all know (that) when you've been inside a facility for eight hours, to do 16 hours it is very tough," said Banasco.

"So I met (Thursday) with the union leaders, as well as my executive staff from the detention side, to look at some alternative ways to implement the overtime until we can get 100 percent staffed," he said.

Banasco said he's already working with human resources to try and hire more detention officers, get them through the academy and get them properly trained and on the floor.

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