Jail Renamed in Honor of Former Sheriff


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Twin Falls County jail now has a new name.

the facility was renamed in honor of the man who was instrumental in its development.

"As a tribute to Jim's beginnings with the sheriff's office and in appreciation of his long and distinguished career," said Sheriff Tom Carter, Twin Falls County.

Friday before a full house, former Twin Falls County Sheriff James Munn was honored.

"The Twin Falls Criminal Justice Facility shall now be known as the James R. Munn Criminal Facility," said Carter.

Munn was sheriff from 1979 to 1993.

In the late 80s, the jail, which was on the fourth floor of the courthouse at that time, was faced with overcrowding and it was not in compliance with state standards.

"He recognized that you know it was time for a new facility and it came to fruition," Jim Munn Jr., James Munn’s son.

The new justice center was opened in January of 1989.

This January marks the twenty year anniversary of Munn's retirement from his position as sheriff.

"Chief Newman and I got together and thought what a remarkable thing it would be if we couldn't somehow honor his legacy.” said Sheriff Carter.

"He was personable and ethical and easy to talk to and I think that's kind of what...what made him," said Munn Jr.

Munn hired some of the men who still remain with the sheriff's office today including the newly re–elected Sheriff Carter.

"I think what I learned most from Jim is if there was an issue, you resolved the issue and it was done," said Carter.

"Jim was just one of those guys that you never heard a bad thing said about," said Chief Deputy Don Newman, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.

The room was full of those eager to honor the former sheriff...a testament to the legacy he left behind.

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