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Genesee County Sheriff to run Flint city lock-up?

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(07/31/12) - It appears the Genesee County Sheriff's Department could be running the city of Flint's lock-up when it opens back up.

Flint city officials declined to comment, at this time, saying talks are still ongoing. But County Commissioner Patrick Gleason provided some details Tuesday.

He tells ABC12, laid off public safety workers will be back on the job working at the lock-up.

As we previously reported, the sheriff's first proposal was rejected by city officials. County commissioners are expected to take his new proposal up again Wednesday.

Gleason is the chairman of the committee that adopted it last week. He says up to 20 laid off Flint Police Officers and Firefighters will be coming back to work under Sheriff Robert Pickell's new proposal.

Last month, Flint Emergency Manager Mike Brown said the city was going to use an international company to run the lock-up, and not the sheriff's department.

"It came down to liability," said Brown in an interview then. "The city has no insurance, so there's a lot of exposure. With a private sector operator, we'll have at least a buffer. Kind of protecting."

Gleason says legal contracts are being drawn up and expects the deal could be done as early as Wednesday.

He called this new proposal a win-win for all parties involved: the city, county and state.

The proposal indicates the county could operate the facility for about $2.2 million a year.

The state had previously set aside millions to pay for the lock-up.

City leaders have previously said they hope to have the lock-up open in September.

Pickell declined comment Tuesday.

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