Jail Director AwardedLake Havasu City, Ariz.- Mohave County Jail Director, Don Bischoff, was awarded the 2015 Jail Director of the Year Award by the Arizona Jail Association this past month.  Bischoff was chosen for the award after careful selection and due in large part to his cost saving measures.  “Director Bischoff has worked hard over the past couple of years to save the County money when it comes to housing inmates in our jail,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated.  “With the cost of housing prisoners continuing to rise on a daily basis, Bischoff has found ways to save money and has created a role model for other jails nationwide,” Johnson continued.

According to Supervisor Johnson, Bischoff was very instrumental in having the county research and implement the use of the Affordable Care Act for inmates.  Last February, Supervisor Johnson placed an item on the agenda to have the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office research and develop a plan to implement the process of enrolling pre-sentenced and sentenced inmates onto the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to recover medical costs and obtain mental health and substance abuse services for those individuals housed in the Mohave County jail. “With Bischoff’s hard work and input on this item, Arizona lawmakers passed HB2105 this past legislative session which will cap reimbursement rates at specified levels for all counties, instead of only Maricopa County, for outside health care services,” Johnson stated.

Bischoff became the county’s Director in January of 2014 after filling in as Director since July of 2013.  Bischoff has a long history with Mohave County.  He started his law enforcement career in July of 1987.  He served as deputy for 12 years before becoming a Patrol Sargent for another 12 years.  “He has a long track record of making improvements within the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility,” Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe stated.  “He has taken Mohave County Training standards to new heights and continues to increase them.  He has also improved the department’s classification and disciplinary functions.  He was the perfect candidate to receive this high honor,” McCabe ended.