Johnson Cty. Commission Looks at Courtroom, Office Designs

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

Sheridan Media News Director for Johnson County, Aaron Palmer, brings us this report from Tuesday's Johnson County Commission meeting.

The designs for the new courtrooms and court offices were perused by the Johnson County Commission at their regular meeting Tuesday in Kaycee. Commissioner Smokey Wildeman explains what happened.

Wildeman said they are looking at putting the courts and offices in a new facility near the new criminal justice center on Fort Street, away from the existing 126 year-old courthouse.

The reasons for moving the courts and offices to a new facility, Wildeman said, were safety issues for the public and for inmates, as the new facility will allow the transfer of prisoners from the jail to the court facility and back without having to transport them. Also, he said, space at the existing courthouse is becoming more and more scarce, so moving some of the offices will free some of the space for those offices that remain.

The location for the new court rooms and offices, Wildeman said, will be behind the new criminal justice center adjacent to the cell blocks on the backside of the building, if it is built.

Wildeman added that the design and discussions are very preliminary.

From the Johnson County News Desk, I'm Aaron Palmer with your news.

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