The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

August 14, 2013

Jail hires first female assistant administrator


Buseman's hire was approved at Tuesday night's Wapello County Board of Supervisors meeting.

"One of my goals is to discover and introduce more efficient and effective ways of running the facility," she said. "There are some things we do in the jail that are time-consuming so I'll be looking at ways to save time and cut out steps to save money."

Buseman isn't new to the jail; she's been a correctional officer for the last four years. The department wanted to promote from within and several applied for the job, Miller said.

"She's really dependable and she's got a good head on her shoulders and makes good decisions," Miller said. "She's done it all in the jail. We appreciate her input and thought she would be the perfect choice."

Tuesday morning, Buseman and Swope took off for the Iowa Medical Classification Center (known as Oakdale prison) in Coralville to drop off six prisoners, reducing Wapello County Jail to 68 inmates. The jail has a capacity of 120, but Buseman said she'd "hate to see us fit 120 inmates down there."

"I'm excited to grow with the department and see what comes of this," she said.

The board of supervisors also approved a $500 donation to the Ottumwa Babe Ruth baseball team to pay for hotel expenses. The team leaves on Thursday for Purcellville, Va. where the boys will compete in the Babe Ruth World Series. "This is the first year the kids are not staying with host families, so they have to pay for hotel rooms," said Brian Morgan, who has volunteered with little leagues for years. "Babe Ruth rules say each kid has to have his own room; they can't put three kids in one room. So they're looking at over $1,000 a night just for hotel rooms, not counting food and transportation to the facility, which is 20 miles each way."

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