The Grayson County Attorney's Office and Grayson County Detention Center are partnering on an initiative that, officials say, should save the county a significant amount of money by speeding up the court process for certain offenders.

County Attorney Jeremy Logsdon addressed the Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday regarding an agreement he and Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley had reached to hire an employee for the county attorney's office whose sole responsibilities will be to conduct the "Rocket Docket" process.

According to the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Rocket Dockets are where felony prosecutors come to District Court to make offers on felony cases that are set for a preliminary hearing. When individuals accept a Rocket Docket offer, they waive a preliminary hearing and their case is not presented to the grand jury. Instead it goes directly to Circuit Court.

According to Logsdon, this process is an effort to move county inmates through the judicial system more quickly in an effort to cut down the cost of housing them at the detention center.

It currently costs the Grayson County Detention Center $45 per day ($16,425 per year) to house a county inmate, whereas the state pays the detention center a fee to house a state inmate, Woosley said. By hiring an individual to work the Rocket Docket program, officials hope that the county will be able to more swiftly move county inmates to the state level.

Logsdon requested that the fiscal court authorize the Grayson County Detention Center to transfer $12,500 from its fund to the Grayson County Attorney's budget to finance the hiring of a Rocket Docket employee. Woosley said that if just one county inmate is moved to the state level through this program, the position will pay for itself.

Logsdon said the county can also save money this way by not requiring law enforcement officers to spend as much time in the courtroom to testify in preliminary hearings and grand jury meetings.

"With me focusing on it, I think we can see a good dividend pay out," Logsdon said.

Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson said he recommended the fiscal court approve the agreement because, in his law enforcement career, he has personally seen the Rocket Docket program's successes.

According to Henderson, Hardin County saves around $2 million per year thanks to the program.

The fiscal court then voted to authorize the agreement between the county attorney and detention center for the hiring of a Rocket Docket worker.

In other business, the fiscal court:

*Voted to move its meeting scheduled for April 2 to April 9.

*Came to a consensus to have Logsdon draft a county smoke-free ordinance for the magistrates to review and consider implementing. The ordinances will be reviewed at the special called meeting on April 9.

*Voted to accept the Rural Secondary Road Program recommendations to re-pave four county roads in the 2019-2020 fiscal year at a total cost of $1,449,460.

*Voted to increase the pay of election precinct workers from $130 to $150.