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Sedgwick County severs ties with jail consultant

A jail consultant who didn't meet the goals of a $124,616 contract, referred to a Sedgwick County official as "Mr. CYA" and wrote an e-mail the sheriff deemed deceptive will soon receive notice that the county is cutting ties with her firm.

Commissioners — including three who previously voiced support for consultants Nancy Insco and Allen Beck and voted to give them more money — agreed unanimously Wednesday to terminate the county's contract with Justice Concepts Inc. of the Kansas City area.

Insco and Beck had asked to for more time — until May 31 — to finish a contract that expired last June.

But their relationship with the county had deteriorated, county leaders acknowledged.

Justice Concepts "helped us facilitate a beneficial expansion of pre-trial services with the city of Wichita and they’ve pointed us in some other good directions," public safety director Bob Lamkeytold commissioners Wednesday.

But he said there also had been "some disappointments," particularly about the timeliness of accomplishments and reports.

"Unfortunately, I believe the overall business relationship has become unsustainable for Sedgwick County," he said.

Justice Concepts did not return calls Wednesday.