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Neb. county recognizes DOC director for successful handling of overcrowding, staffing issues

Under Director Michael Myers’ leadership, the Douglas County DOC achieved 100% staffing levels and the incarcerated population was significantly reduced

By Sarah Roebuck

OMAHA, Neb. — Douglas County recently passed a resolution to honor the director of the county’s Department of Corrections after he received a national award for his contributions to the field, KETV reports.

Douglas County Department of Corrections Director Michael Myers was named the 2024 Correctional Administrator of the Year by the American Jail Association.

The resolution, passed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on June 4, commended Meyers for his successful management of challenges such as overcrowding, mental health issues, personnel shortages and litigation.

“It really isn’t an individual award. It is a team award to include each and every one of you who have shared your wisdom and support with me during my tenure and prior to my tenure as director of corrections,” Meyers said.

Under Meyers’ leadership as director, the Department of Corrections achieved 100% staffing levels, reduced the incarcerated population by developing alternatives to incarcerations and implemented security enhancements, according to the resolution.

The commissioners also noted that Meyers conceptualized and planned a mental health addition to the corrections campus which is set to break ground in 2024.