County commission prohibits jail notary service

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Tying the knot behind bars just got a little more difficult in Curry County.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit county employees at the jail from notarizing documents for non-employees, including marriage licenses for inmates.

The policy was proposed by County Manager Lance Pyle, who told commissioners he was, “concerned about the amount and type of notary services performed by our staff (at the jail).”

Pyle said there are two notaries on staff at the detention center.

“Basically, I just felt like our employees need to be spending their time supervising inmates and not notarizing records for the inmates,” he said.

Pyle said inmates who need documents notarized will now have to make arrangements either on their own or through their attorney.

County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman said she recently approached Pyle because, “It kind of got out of hand and we were seeing some questionable documents coming in.”

Lyman said as long as she can remember, the clerks office has sold marriage licenses to inmates.