WILLIAMSON – Following a motion to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the Mingo County Day Report, Billy Carrico approached the Mingo County Commission to provide a report concerning the Mingo County Day Report activities.
Carrico approached the commission stating, “Just a few personal remarks and then an update of what we are doing at Day Report. I wanted to formally introduce myself to the people in this room and to the commission. It has been a transition into this job, and I have been learning on the way. I feel like we are really on the ground and running now. We are fully staffed. We have a van now and we are doing all that.”
Carrico explained that Day Report could provide community service for any non –profit organization. “I have heard a lot of things in this room so far that Day Report can play into. To be honest, before I started looking for a job in Community Corrections, I didn’t really know what Day Report was. I wasn’t aware of its existence. As far as the Autism Board, the last meeting we heard of the Arts Council, the Little League…anything like that we can help with. We can cut at Little League fields. As long as it is a non-profit, we can work with it. With the Autism Walk, we can set up tables, pick up trash, clean up. We work at the Fieldhouse and the CAP building a lot,” Carrico explained.
To make myself available to this commission as well as accountable. I believe in accountability in all areas of life. If you guys are going forward with this MOU, I think I owe you a little bit of accountability. Either monthly, quarterly, at your request; I will be here…Whatever you all want from me, we will make it happen.
Carrico continued, expressing pride in his clients. “Some of them make really big steps. Some of them stumble and some of them fall back but I have seen some success stories. I have seen some really successful things happen and we are having a practical impact on the community as well as far as finances and reducing this jail bill,” Carrico stated.
“I know that we are working with the Arts Council. Anything you guys need us to do; cleaning up, painting, all that kind of stuff; I definitely have guys that are willing to help. I have a really good system for me guys. They work really hard for me. That is something about our clients. Some of them do have their struggles and their addictions but a lot of them want to work and they work hard. When they are given a job and a task and some responsibility, they work really hard. I am very proud of our guys,” Carrico continued.
“I wanted to say thank you to the commission, the judge’s office, the prosecutor and probation. If I can brag, you guys have an excellent home confinement office. They have been a huge help to me. Anything I need from home confinement, they have been right there, guiding me and telling me how to handle situations,” Carrico said.
Carrico also discussed the education component of Day Report. “We do continue education. I myself went to the State Police Academy and took additional training to better serve you… Not only is Day Report dealing with offenders and addiction, we want to make a big difference in the community too. One way we want to do that is through education. The more education you have directly correlates to lower drug usage rates. We already send people to GED but if you don’t have a GED and you come to Day Report, I am working to make that a graduation requirement of the program, “Carrico said.
Carrico then asked if the Commission had any questions for him.
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith responded stating, “Billy, we are glad to see you get that position and hit the ground running… I think is the key to Day Report being successful is coordination and communication between the different components. You have many different components involved…That is very important for the county. If a person is put in a position where they can succeed and they take advantage of that, then we are not paying $50 a day for them to sit in the Regional Jail. They are out doing things that are rehabilitating themselves to where they might not fall into the same troubles.”
Smith continued stating, “I am glad that you are a local person from the Matewan area…It is a local staff…It is local people helping local people and I am proud of that…I think to keep the communication, you ought to come over once a month, maybe at the first meeting each month to give an update…”
There are currently 30 to 40 clients currently in Day Report.
The next regular scheduled meeting of the Mingo County Commission will be held Tuesday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Mingo County Courthouse.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)