Lincoln sheriff's department moves out of courthouse

September 23, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - The swinging brass sign above the Lincoln County Sheriff Department's door came down in the courthouse this week, to be transplanted two blocks away at the county's old Kentucky Utilities building.

The sheriff's department has acquired the building as its new headquarters and has moved decades' worth of files from the cramped courthouse quarters.

Special Deputy Karen Lakes said the office move was ideal to provide more space and parking, as well as the convenience of a drive-up window to pay bills.

"People won't have to get out of their cars in the rain and the snow," Lakes said. "We're looking forward to seeing people at our new office," at 104 N. Second St.


The move has launched a string of office shuffles down the courthouse's main hall. The judge-executive's office could move to the vacant space, taking with it displaced filing cabinets currently stored in the county treasurer's office.

"Right now, all of their filing cabinets are in here," said Treasurer Teresa Padgett of her single-room office. Other items in storage also could be brought back to the larger room, said Padgett.

The treasurer's office will then be moved closer to the judge-executive's office, said Padgett, though the moves could be delayed by cleaning and painting the new spaces.

Two of the current tenants at the K.U. building will move to other locations: Building Inspection and Construction to 107 N. Second St. and the Occupational Tax Office to the Buzz Walker Building on Main Street.

The current tenants will share the K.U. building with sheriff's deputies for several weeks before all moves can be made, said Padgett. As of Wednesday, the sheriff's phone lines were being switched over though the number has not changed.

"I think it's a great move," said county building inspector Rhonda Gooch Brown. "It's going to give the sheriff a lot more room that he needs." The old K.U. drive-up window, which Brown said her office seldom used, will benefit the sheriff's department.

"It will be a lot simpler for the public when it comes to tax-paying time," Brown said, "so much more convenient for everyone." The building inspection office is waiting for the go-ahead before moving and will notify the public, she said.

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