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Commission turns over courthouse chambers for administrative use

Following years of debates and delays, Washington County commissioners voted last week to designate the George P. Jaynes Justice Center as a permanent meeting location and repurpose the second floor of the downtown courthouse for use by administrative offices reporting to the county mayor.

Commissioner Mark Larkey spoke in favor of remaining in the Justice Center during the Sept. 2 called meeting by listing the benefits of additional security, more parking, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and additional seating for audience members.

“The biggest reason is the (courthouse) space will be underutilized as commission chambers, and it will be more efficient to have all the administrative offices on the same floor,” Larkey said. “I think it is a sign of leadership that we would sacrifice our facility for reasons of the taxpayer that will be better for county government and not a building for duplicate use.” More...

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