LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A month after the Angelina County Sheriff's Office announced they were accepting bids for new health care services for the jail, the health district today announced they would not be pursuing a contract.
The sheriff's office has contracted with the health district for 12 years.
Health district director Sharon Shaw announced in the commissioners court meeting that the sheriff's office was pursuing services the health district could not provide.
"After careful consideration, The health district will not be submitting a bid proposal to provide healthcare services at the Angelina County jail, as the scope of services is not within our mission and capacity," director Sharon Shaw said.
In last month's meeting, Sheriff Greg Sanches said communication with the health district had not been easy.
At Tuesday's meeting, Sanches said he was surprised.
"All bids are open for everybody," Sanches said. "We put the bids out for equal chance. That's their decision, and I guess that's what they are going to standby."
After the meeting, County Judge Wes Suiter said that this process seems to be pointing to a lack of communication between the two sides.
"We were never made aware of any kind of issue," Suiter said. "We were never made aware of any kind of complaints or knowledge of things not being done the way the new administration thought they should be done."
Jail Administrator Greg Dawson said they were looking for a group which can provide more health care for the jail.
The contract with the health district ends in September.