by Geena Martinez
MIDLAND COUNTY - The number of inmates coming through the Midland County jail is on the rise and officials are struggling to keep up.
The problem is forcing the Sheriff to ask County Commissioners for help.
NewsWest 9 spoke with Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter and he said the jail has been needing more help for a while.
But right now, more people are being booked into the jail than they're used to seeing.
Sheriff Painter says the jail normally has anywhere between 310-320 inmates at one time.
Currently, they're holding about 360 inmates.
On top of that, the detention center is down over a dozen jailers.
Sheriff Painter says they're still keeping everything under control but his staff is being stretched thin.
He's asking County Commissioners to raise the jailer's salary to equal that of a patrol deputy.
Sheriff Painter says he's lost several employees who have left for the oil field.
He's hoping a raise will make the sheriff's office more competitive with the oil and gas industry.
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