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Jefferson Co. Commissioner briefs - Jan. 21

January 20, 2011

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Jefferson Co. administrator asked to project need for employee facilities in six years

The last time the Jefferson County Commission considered building needs for its 170 employees was when they shelved an architect's proposal to build a new courthouse complex for around $10 million in early 2010.

On Thursday, the question of work space needs came up again when the five-member board asked County Administrator Tim Boyde to look six years into the future and project what the county will need then.

About 70 of the county's employees, namely the sheriff's department and emergency services, work in new, separate facilities in Jefferson County. The rest, including the judiciary, administrative, planning and zoning, tax and assessors offices, county clerk and elections and others, work in the historic old courthouse and renovated space in buildings near the courthouse.

Boyde said after the meeting that options could include the purchase of available nearby downtown buildings and moving some functions to the county that don't need to be downtown such as the sheriff's department in the Bardane Industrial Park.

It could be done with a minimal investment without building a new $10 million courthouse and could take care of the county's space and building needs for most the next decade.

Tucson shootings prompt presence of Jefferson County's Chief Bailiff Louis Brunswick
Jefferson County Commission President Patsy Noland Thursday explained why Jefferson County's Chief Bailiff Louis Brunswick has been sharing the bench with the commissioners at their weekly meetings for the last two weeks.

Noland said the recent shootings outside a shopping mall in Tucson, Ariz., when a gunman killed six people and wounded about a dozen others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, prompted the commissioners to feel they needed the protection of an armed deputy.

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— Richard F. Belisle
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