On June 17, 2020, Governor Mike Parson met with Sheriff Cottle to discuss the Sheriff’s Office workforce redevelopment program for Lincoln County residents and inmates. This past November, Sheriff Cottle introduced the Inmate and Residential Training Center to begin the initial stage of training. The training facility is separated into two training areas, one for inmates and the other for residents. Residents who feel they are underpaid, disenfranchised or unemployed may enter into the program for free.
“One of Governor Parson’s main priorities is workforce redevelopment, which we are doing at a local level to provide access to opportunities in the building and construction trades. Helping residents gain meaningful employment tends to lead to a healthier community and the same can be said of our local inmates,” said Sheriff John Cottle.
This year, Sheriff John Cottle, Julie Rodgers who is the Executive Director for Lincoln County Economic Development and Elaine Henderson a Community Development Specialist, wrote a federal grant solicitation asking for more than $925,000 to improve and expand Lincoln County workforce redevelopment. The grant would pay for three years of funding.
The grant solicitation has the backing of Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt, U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri Senator Riddle, Missouri Representative Randy Peitzman and many local businesses.
“If we are awarded the grant solicitation, this is a huge win for the citizens of Lincoln County and it will open a pipeline of workers to strengthen our community. As a law enforcement professionals, we continue to do the same old thing and nothing changes regarding recidivism. It’s time for out of the box thinking, be inventive and change lives in our community for the better,” said Cottle.
“It is a pleasure to have Missouri Governor make a scheduled stop to recognize the work we are doing. We are all in this together,” said Cottle.