The sheriff’s office at Westmoreland will be moved to the grounds of the county’s public works shop when the new Pottawatomie County Justice Center is completed.
County commissioners Monday approved a proposal to relocate the sheriff’s annex rather than having it demolished along with the old jail.
“I think it’s kind of a no-brainer. You guys need the space and we’ve got the building,” said Commissioner Stan Hartwich.
The proposal to relocate the annex was made by Leu Lowrey, public works director, and Jim Jenkins, new assistant director of public works.
“We’re short of office space, a meeting room and a break room, and we see this building as an opportunity to take care of some of those needs,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins estimated the cost of relocation and improvements to the 1,680-square-foot structure at $69,940. Erecting a new building of that size would likely cost around $250,000, he added, noting that the county should save another $3,000 in demolition costs.
Currently located just west of the courthouse, the sheriff’s annex will be moved to the west of the county shop building and will be remodeled into two offices, a meeting room, break room and two restrooms.