BOCC: yea to SO move; no on elections office to courthouse

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday reiterated a desire to allow the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office to move to a county building on Long Avenue in Port St. Joe.

However, commissioners took from the table consideration of having the Supervisor of Elections office take over the SO facility.

Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison came to the BOCC last week to request more space.

The building his office occupies, Harrison said, had run its course and he badly needed additional space in order to meet security, evidentiary and administrative needs.

He suggested an idea that had bounced around for several months – moving to the old Health Department building in the 400 block of Long Avenue.

Harrison already has his investigative unit in that building.

The main tenant of the building is the Supervisor of Elections, but that office inhabits less than half the available square footage.

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