Pottawatomie County

Public Safety Center

Welcome to the Pottawatomie County Safety Center

The Oklahoma State Health Department gave notice of intent to shut down the Pottawatomie County Jail. This prompted formation of a "Blue Ribbon" committee comprised of: Sid Clarke, Bob Jones, Jerry D. Bourassa, Nancy Bryce, Art Jackman, Bob Jones, Richard Kunze, Archie Parker, Ricky Richards, Susan Morris, John Goodson and Joe Taron.

This committee contacted the National Institute of Corrections for technical assistance. A team, which included Rob Bottoms, responded to this request. It was Rod Bottoms who wrote a report stating his findings and suggested corrections for the Pottawatomie County Jail.

Later, the team then offered Mr. Bottoms the position of a Jail Advisor. He submitted a needs assessment to the team which included strong support for the building of a new jail and a plan of action on how to arrive at the proper design, size, cost and funding method.

The team approached the County Commissioners regarding these findings. A proposal for a one cent sales tax was placed on a ballot and the citizens of Pottawatomie County voted to approve this tax to fund the facility. A jail trust was formed made of Carolyn Bassett, Larry Briggs, Clayton Eads, Randy Gilbert and John Goodson. This board began the process of establishing the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Trust as an entity to operate the current county jail and begin the construction process on a new jail facility. This Jail Trust did a nation wide search using an employment search firm to hire an executive director. Though many applicants expressed interest in the position, it was determined that Mr. Rod Bottoms would be the best candidate.

Rod Bottoms came to work for the Jail Trust in October 2002. The county immediately began transitioning the responsibilities of the current operations over to the Trust. The official opening of the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Trust (PCPSCT), meaning when the Jail Trust took acceptance of the jail was January 1st, 2003.

These operations took place in two locations for adult offenders and one location for juvenile offenders.In all, four separate locations housed a portion of the trust operation and employees. It was from these locations that PCPSCT grew as both a company and a part of the community. It was also from these that process for the building of the new facility took place.

A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by general contractor Timberlake construction, HMN Architects, and the Trust in January of 2004. The expected construction was estimated at 24 months, however, due to good weather and the hard work of many the facility was complete by April of 2005 and the building was formally turned over to PCPSCT.

First, Administration moved into their new offices and training began for all officers. Finally in May of 2005 inmates were moved from the two locations to one. Rod Bottoms retired the following year in July.

Since December of 2007, the facility has been under the direction of Sid Stell. He has over 35 years experience in law enforcement and has taken a very hands-on approach to bringing the facility to excellence.