In a statement on Sept. 22, Alpine Mayor Andy Ramos announced that the ongoing friction between the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office and the Alpine Police Department over who’s allowed in the county jail was settled.
The issue involved individuals arrested by the Police Department not being admitted into the Brewster County Jail without magistration. The Police Department has no jail of its own, and has been releasing arrested individuals who could not be magistrated in a timely manner.
City Attorney Rod Ponton said in a memo that he had never been asked by either City Manager Erik Zimmer or Police Chief Robert Martin to resolve the issue. At his own initiative, he met with Sheriff Ronny Dodson on Sept. 21, and the two came to an agreement.
Effective immediately, the jail will accept arrested individuals on major felonies, driving while intoxicated, public intoxication, and domestic violence. All other misdemeanors will be given a summons, and any other arrests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Ramos later told the Avalanche, “This is what happens when agencies simply communicate with one another.”