By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Republican incumbent Edward Prindle will continue as jailer of Boone County, overseeing a move to the new multimillion-dollar jail in early 2004. He'll manage an annual operating budget of more than $2 million.
Mr. Prindle beat Democratic opponent Ray Harris, 16,009 to 5,220 votes, in the first contested race for Boone County jailer in 12 years.
"I appreciate all the supporters," Mr. Prindle said. "We're very, very happy with the numbers. It was a very good race. We're just very happy tonight. It was a group effort."
Mr. Prindle said he wants to expand the popular work-camp program that provides free labor to the county.
He will face a crowded jail until the move in April 2004. Though the facility has only 112 beds, it averages 160 to 170 inmates per day. The work camp, which always stays at capacity, has 64 inmates. The new facility will have 362 beds.
Mr. Prindle was promoted from chief deputy to jailer after his boss, John Schickel, resigned earlier this year to become a U.S. marshal.
Mr. Prindle, 42, had never run for office before the election. His Democratic opponent, Mr. Harris, 57, is a retired Cinergy after 22 years.
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