CORRECTION: The original posting of this story had the wrong day for the meeting date. The Comet apologizes for the error.

The Kewaunee County Personnel, Legislative and Advisory Committee on Thursday will consider Sheriff Matt Joski’s request to hire a consulting service to study the county’s criminal justice system and assess whether there’s a new county jail is needed.

The consultant would be asked to conduct a three-phase review that would begin with a needs assessment survey, then move on to a description of the county’s operational and architectural needs, and finally to schematic design work for a new or improved public safety building. County Board approval would be needed before any of the three phases begins.

If approved by the committee and the full County Board, a Request for Qualifications would be published and interested firms would have until Oct. 5 to submit a packet of information regarding their ability to perform the study and execute any recommendations.

The existing Kewaunee County Safety Building opened 50 years ago with a jail capacity of 22 inmates. The average daily population is now about 34, Joski said.

“The Safety Building has served Kewaunee County well, but it is now overcrowded, inefficient and in need of significant improvement,” the proposed Request for Qualifications says.

The committee is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the County Administration Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.