The Carson City Sheriff's Department on Musser Street will have fewer people in it next week as records employees and patrol deputies take up their new home base at the corporate yard on Butti Way.
The move, said Sheriff Kenny Furlong, is to prepare for the demolition of the old building and construction of a new $12 million sheriff's administration building to be finished in 2007.
Up until Monday, the records department was housed in a building separate from the sheriff's offices, and patrol deputies wrote reports and had their briefings in the back of the old jail.
The temporary move gives everyone more room.
"It's an upgrade for us," Furlong said Friday, noting the old building is impossible to renovate.
"We've outgrown this facility. At the time it was built, there were 20 or so police officers in Carson City, today we have 95, along with all the workload that comes with them. The department has grown five-fold."
Two structures on Musser Street were demolished last month to make way for the new 40,388-square-foot building. It will replace the current 30,000-square-foot facility - 60 percent of which was unusable for office space because it contains the old jail cells - built in 1964.
Once the new building is finished, the current 901 E. Musser St. will be demolished and become parking space for the new building.
After Jan. 1, demolition will begin on the outbuildings and old jail. Through it all, the remainder of the sheriff's department - detectives, administration, evidence, business and civil functions - will continue where they are.
Friday, the phone lines for both the courthouse and the sheriff's department will be moved and could create some problems. It will not affect 911.
"I apologize for any inconvenience this causes," Furlong said.
Patrol and records can be reached at their number of 887-2004 or callers can still use the old number of 887-2020 and ask to be connected.
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