CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss pushed Thursday for construction of a new Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and 911 center outside of the city, saying the county will not have any room for new government office space downtown until the sheriff's department is moved.
Corliss said the building, which would house both operations, would cost about $9.3 million, would have about 35,000 square feet of space and would be beside the Jefferson County Health Department along Wiltshire Road in Bardane, W.Va.
The commissioners have studied ways to create new government office space downtown and Corliss said Thursday he has been told that the county might have to make room for another circuit court within eight years.
"I think the needs are laid out," Corliss said.
The other commissioners had concerns about the issue.
Commissioner Dale Manuel said he would like to have more time to study priorities of the county's building needs.