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New Richmond County sheriff's building should be completed by August

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Construction of the new sheriff’s administration building is on target for completion in August.

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The sheriff's office administration, records bureau, civil division, criminal investigations and a crime lab will be in the new building.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
The sheriff's office administration, records bureau, civil division, criminal investigations and a crime lab will be in the new building.

It couldn’t be soon enough for those watching eagerly across the street in the current administration building at 401 Walton Way.

“I’m excited about moving,” said Lt. Jimmy Young, who has been a member of the sheriff’s office since the 1970s. “This place has been a disaster all these years.”

The current building, built in 1985, has been plagued with leaks and mold since its opening.

Jay McClellan, the project manager of the new building, said that will not be an issue this time.

“We tested the building to be dry before we put the brick on,” he said.

Crews should finish the brickwork by the third week of June, leaving only the parking lot, landscaping and inside jobs.

McClellan, who also oversaw construction of the Richmond County Courthouse, said he expects a substantial completion in August, but it will probably be October before the administration moves into the new offices.

The building will be checked for issues that need to be addressed before move-in.

Col. Gary Powell said the sheriff’s office already has rented a shredder to deal with some of the paperwork that could make the move more difficult.

“We’re ready to get out,” he said. “Everybody’s ready.”

Once the 35,000-square-foot building is complete, it will house administration, the records bureau, the civil division, criminal investigations and a crime lab with a two-car garage for processing suspect vehicles.

It’s not just the big features that are getting employees excited. Some are just as thrilled over the small additions.

Powell said the new building will have break rooms and a full-service kitchen, “as opposed to a microwave in a closet.”

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TrulyWorried 04/26/12 - 07:09 pm
Wonderful - no city

Wonderful - no city department needs a decent building more than the Law Enforcement Department - those folks have put up with a lot for a long time. And, to think the "jail" was only 25 years old - disgusting. May there never be another "mistake" like that in Augusta!!
Congratulations! LED of RC

Abbynoll 04/26/12 - 07:12 pm
Amen to that, Truly. That

Amen to that, Truly. That entire building is just disgusting.

debbiep38 04/26/12 - 09:41 pm
Truly, "another mistake like

Truly, "another mistake like that in Augusta"? Log in to the AC tomorrow.

HighSociety 04/26/12 - 11:55 pm
The construction must have

The construction must have been shady for the building to have so many problems in such a short time. Glad to see that they will have a new building.
Points 04/27/12 - 07:12 am
This is what happens alot

This is what happens alot when you go with Low bidder like Govt does. Contractors cut corners to boost profits to avoid taking a loss.

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