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Construction at the new Hall County Sheriff’s Office has just finishing strokes left to go before the official move-in date.
“It’s down to final cleanup, getting everything touched up and out the door,” Joey Cain of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Cain said the Sheriff’s Office has a firm move-in date of Aug. 8 for the new building on Browns Bridge Road. The new headquarters was built in an area behind the Hall County Government Center as an effort for a one-stop shop, public information officer Katie Crumley said.
“It’ll end up being about three times the size,” Cain said, compared to the current law enforcement center on Main Street.
Cain said a good amount of the cost-saving for the project has been surplus furniture, “utilizing what the feds didn’t retire” in an auction.
“With the amount of money that we have allocated for this building, you had to be creative and look for other ways to cut spending and save money but still have something nice,” Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch previously said to The Times.
The estimates were hovering below $100 per square foot for the new facility. The Sheriff’s Office has used inmate labor as a cost-saving measure.
Couch said the new facility will allow for more space for employees at the Sheriff’s Office and has space on its third floor for growth in the future.
Cain said the building still needs to install the security card reader system on the doors, which allow certain employees into certain areas of the building.