Pott County to host open house of new jail in August

By The Mercury

An open house for the newly completed Pottawatomie County Justice Center at Westmoreland will be held Saturday, August 10.

Pottawatomie County Commissioners settled on the open house date during their regular meeting Monday, after conferring with Tricia Fruendt of SMH Consultants, the county’s construction liaison. Fruendt and Robert Reece, county administrator, have been collaborating on the open house.

Public tours of the new $14 million facility will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and handouts showing the building’s floor plan will be available, Fruendt said.

Commissioners also said special invitations should be sent to the governor, former county commissioners, area attorneys and law enforcement personnel, and elected officials from the cities in the county.

The Pottawatomie County Justice Center, located just north of the county courthouse, is scheduled for completion August 8. County personnel are scheduled to begin moving into the new facility August 19.

The 63,000-square-foot facility will combine all county law enforcement functions into one facility––jail, sheriff, courtrooms, district court offices, county attorney and court service offices.

After completion of the facility, the current jail will be demolished and the building housing the sheriff’s department will be relocated to the county shop area.

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