PCDC transition is complete

 Janie Slaven | CJ

Newly-elected Pulaski County Jailer Anthony McCollum, left, accepts the keys to the local jail from outgoing Jailer David Moss. Moss' resignation took effect just after midnight Wednesday, ahead of the official beginning of the new term in early January.

While most new officials elected on November 6 won't be taking office until January 7, Anthony McCollum is taking over operations of the Pulaski County Detention Center this week.

On Tuesday, Jailer David Moss officially turned over his keys to the jail to McCollum -- who effectively became Jailer-elect after winning the Republican nomination in the primary last May and facing no opposition in the general election.

Moss' resignation became effective as of 12:01 a.m. this morning (Wednesday). After a career in law enforcement and one term as Pulaski County Jailer, he said he now plans to enjoy retirement.

McCollum was scheduled to be sworn in at 10 a.m. this morning by Pulaski County Judge-Executive Steve Kelley. The new jailer shares Moss' background with some 30 years in law enforcement, having retired from the Somerset Police Department in 2007 before joining the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office later that year. Most recently, he served as a School Resource Officer with Pulaski County Schools.

"I would like to thank Jailer Moss," McCollum said. "He's been very accommodating, for allowing me to come over and start learning. He's made sure this has been a smooth transition, and I really appreciate that."

As his term gets underway, Jailer McCollum said that he will be evaluate jail operations to see what works and what doesn't. "We'll just take it slow and go from there," he said.

Judge Kelley said Tuesday that he is looking forward to working with McCollum over the next four years and is appreciative of the work Moss did to keep the jail running smoothly over the last four.

"It is truly one of the most difficult responsibilities of any elected official," Kelley said. "We are fortunate to have qualified and capable leaders willing to assume that role."