Eden Mayor Eddy Markham and city officials are in the planning phase ahead of the closure of the Eden Detention Center. A closure which according to multiple sources would financially cripple the city.
Mayor Markham alongside Eden Chamber of Commerce President, Craig Pfluger, have reached out to other cities in the Concho Valley to make them aware of the situation and Eden’s plans for the future.
CoreCivic owns the detention center and issued 60-day layoff notices to employees well-ahead of the April 30th contract expiration date.
Once the contract expires–those employees would be left without a job at the center.
According to statistical information provided by Robert Wood with the officer of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts–CoreCivic employs individuals from San Angelo (120), Brady (36), Menard (26), and Ballinger (21) among a host of others.
In a statement, Jonathan Burns with CoreCivic had this to say regarding the closure and the issuing of the 60-day notices:
“The contract at the Eden Detention Center expires at the end of April, which triggered the need for us to send out employee notifications. We will continue to assess opportunities for other government partners who may be in need of the type of facility capacity and well-trained, highly qualified staff found at Eden. “
Not only are layoffs the issue, however, as Mayor Markham says in a letter to Congressman Mike Conaway–“CoreCivic is responsible for 42% of the revenue generated each month in the city’s water fund, thus, the monthly loss of this $40,000 would financially cripple Eden and the city may well cease to exist.”
San Angelo city council members have just recently passed a resolution in support of keeping the Eden Detention Center open while McCulloch County Judge Danny Neal says officials in Brady intend to do the same.