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Jasper County Sheriff's Department Settles Into New Home

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The Jasper County Sheriff's Office finally finds a new home in a former Carthage bank. The Department had been planning for the remodel since the beginning of the year, and Tuesday marked the first day on the job in the new facility.

Back in February we brought you news that the Jasper County Sheriff's office was moving from its offices on Atlas Road back to the County seat in Carthage. Now eleven months, and a half million dollars of renovations later, Sheriff Kaiser says this old bank has been transformed and is ready to roll.


"Oh it's wonderful, this has been a long time coming," said Sheriff Randee Kaiser. "We've  been planning for this day a long time, and it's great to finally be here and have this behind us."


And Chief Deputy Tim Wilson says the best part about this move has to be the location. What used to be a thirty minute drive to the courthouse and jail now is just a walk across the street.  
"We were spending a lot of time traveling back and forth between the two, so we've dramatically cut that down and I think that will help out as well," Wilson said.

 

This facility boasts 9,500 square feet of amenities like three new interrogation rooms and training facilities. And since the space is owned by Jasper County already; Kaiser says it will save about $70,000 a year in rent as well.

"Before we were in a building that was built for other purposes, this now have kind of been redesigned for our purposes," Kaiser said.


But the Department is still utilizing some of the former bank's features, for example one of the old bank's vault is now acting as the Department's armory. And Kaiser says his staff is unpacking boxes and planning for the long hall; with extra offices and rooms built in for the future growth of the department.


"When you're working on a project like this it's beneficial to be looking ahead," Kaiser said.


The Sheriff says the department still has a few boxes left to complete the move, but says he's enjoying the first day working in their new Carthage home.   

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