Barring unforeseen problems, the first phase of the new Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department building should be ready for occupancy in November.
Major Lafayette Woods Jr., said Tuesday that the building shell is up, and workers are installing sheet rock on the first floor of the building this week.
“If the money continues to flow like it has, the first phase will be ready,” Woods said.
That first phase will allow the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, which is currently located in the 100 block of Main Street, to move into the front part of the new building, which is located adjacent to the adult jail on East Second Avenue.
The second phase, which will provide space for the department’s Patrol Division and will be located in the back part of the new building, is tentatively projected to be completed early next year. The Patrol Division is also currently located in the 100 block of Main Street.
Ground was broken on the new building in November 2012, and total construction costs at that time were projected to be just over $3 million.
The new building will be named for John Lloyd “Pete” Harrison, a former Jefferson County chief deputy sheriff.