Rob Johnson, who is the administrator of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center gave an update on the status of the LEC to the City Commission at Monday’s meeting.

Rob Johnson, who is the administrator of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center gave an update on the status of the LEC to the City Commission at Monday’s meeting.

He said that they had made many of the improvements that were requested in September when the Department of Corrections evaluated and inspected the facility. At that time one of the greatest concerns was providing adequate medical assessment and services for inmates. That has been addressed at the LEC with the services provided by Dr. Jacqueline Downs and Nurse Longie.

He added that they were continuing to work on the remaining items the inspectors had pointed out, but that it takes time to get everyone the adequate and required training, so it wasn’t going as quickly as he would have liked.

He assured the commission that when the inspectors return they will see the improvements that have been made.

Their visit is expected anytime in the next few weeks.

It is his hope that at that time they would lift the present ban on housing federal prisoners, something that would bring badly needed income into the facility, even if at first it is a fewer number of prisoners than they’d housed in previous years.

Devils Lake Mayor, Dick Johnson had encouraging words for the administrator, “Keep fighting the good fight.” He said he knows how difficult it is to manage the facility with workforce issues that many in the community face.

“I will keep you all posted on how things are going at the LEC,” Rob Johnson said. “Things are getting better.”