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    Subdivision 1. Initial financing. When the regional jail board is satisfied that each
cooperating county has appropriated its share of the initial expenses of the regional jail, it shall so
certify to the county board of each cooperating county. The county board of each cooperating
county then shall order its county treasurer to pay over the authorized initial expense funds to the
regional jail fund in the manner provided in section 641.264, subdivision 3.
    Subd. 2. Acquisition of site, buildings. The regional jail board may lease suitable premises
or acquire by gift, purchase, or condemnation proceedings instituted in the name of the counties a
suitable site, and erect on the site buildings suitable for a regional jail. Condemnation proceedings
shall be conducted in the manner provided in chapter 117. No premises shall be leased, site
acquired, or building erected without the approval of the county board of each cooperating county
and the commissioner of corrections. The regional jail board may by resolution enter into a lease
agreement with any statutory or home rule charter city situated within any of the counties, in the
same manner and with the same force and effect as a county acting under the provisions of section
641.24; provided that any such lease agreement, and any amendment thereto, shall be approved
by the county board of each cooperating county before it is executed.
    Subd. 3. Operation of jail; superintendent. The regional jail board shall operate, control,
manage, and maintain the jail, and set charges for the care of inmates. The regional jail board
shall appoint a regional jail superintendent who serves at the pleasure of the board and receives
compensation set by the board. The superintendent is the chief executive officer of the regional
jail, and has the powers of a sheriff and such other powers and duties relating to the operation,
management, and maintenance of the jail as the regional jail board may prescribe and as are
prescribed by law. The superintendent, with the approval of the board, or as provided in
subdivision 4, shall appoint additional employees necessary to operate and maintain the jail. The
employees of a regional jail, including the superintendent, are public employees for the purposes
of Minnesota Statutes 1961, chapter 353.
    Subd. 4. Employees merit system. A regional jail merit system may be established under the
provisions of this subdivision and Minnesota Statutes 1961, chapter 44. Consistent with standards
promulgated by the commissioner of corrections for qualifications of regional jail employees, the
cooperating counties, by vote of each county board, may establish, modify, or abandon a merit
system for the employment, promotion, discipline, and dismissal of all regional jail employees
except the superintendent. Questions relating to the establishment, modification, or abandonment
of the merit system shall not be submitted to the voters for their approval. The following words
and phrases defined in Minnesota Statutes 1961, section 44.01, have the meanings given in this
subdivision for the purposes of a regional jail merit system:
(1) "appointing authority" means the regional jail superintendent;
(2) "board" means the "personnel board" consisting of the chair, vice-chair, and secretary
of the regional jail board;
(3) "council" means the county boards of the cooperating counties.
    Subd. 5. Multiple occupancy cells. If construction of the jail permits, the board may, by
resolution, authorize multiple occupancy, but the superintendent must maintain strict separation of
prisoners to the extent that separation is necessary to ensure prisoners' security, safety, health,
and welfare.
History: 1963 c 452 s 3; 1980 c 597 s 9; 1986 c 444; 1Sp2003 c 2 art 5 s 13