Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter Retiring
1/18/2017 8:32:19 AM
1/18/2017 9:07:44 AM
By Sam Terry
Jobe Publishing, Inc.
Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter announced to his staff on Wednesday morning that he will be retiring.
Mutter’s final day as the county’s jailer will be Tuesday, February 28.
A 24-year law enforcement officer, Mutter was appointed to the position by former Barren County Judge/Executive Davie Greer in 2010 to fill the unexpired term of the previous jailer; prior to that appointment he served as interim jailer beginning in 2008. In 2014, Mutter ran on the Democratic Party’s ticket and was easily elected to a 4-year term, outpacing his opponent by more than 3,300 votes.
Mutter began his career as a Deputy Jailer under former Jailer Ronnie Scott in 1992 before working as an officer at the Glasgow Police Department and the Barren County Sheriff’s Office before returning to the jail.
During his tenure, the new Barren County Detention Center on Samson Street was completed and he coordinated the transfer from the old facility which had been condemned due to multiple issues. Currently, the facility is covering 100 percent of its operating costs while county government continues to pay the debt service on the old and new facilities.
According to Mutter, some 4,000 inmates were booked into the facility in 2016. The inmate work program in 2016 logged 78,000 hours of inmate labor, saving the county an estimated $570,000. Mutter has been a strong proponent of the Breaking Ground Project which, in conjunction with WKU-Glasgow, created an innovative garden at the jail where inmates learn new skills while growing vegetables and fruits prepared for inmate meals.
Since 2014, Mutter has served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Jailer’s Association.
Barren County Judge/Executive Micheal Hale announced that Chief Deputy Jailer Tracy Bellamy will be appointed to complete Mutter’s term which expires at the end of 2018.