Commissioners discuss sheriff's office move

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Conversely, the BOCC could rent or lease a space which is currently empty and have a landlord find a better deal in the private sector as the economy improved.

“We definitely need more space for the Sheriff’s Office,” Bryan said, adding that commissioners should be looking at other buildings and properties. “I think we should look at the Industrial Park … until we identify grant funds for a suitable building.”

Bryan said the solution might be constructing an entirely new facility for the SO.

“I really like the idea of the Industrial Park,” Commissioner Carmen McLemore said. “We need to look at everything.”

Harrison seemed to shoot down the idea of the Industrial Park, saying it was his understanding that by statute the SO must be located in the county seat.

It was later noted by Commissioner Ward McDaniel that Bay County Sheriff’s Office headquarters are located in Lynn Haven, not the county seat of Panama City.

Butler said an agreement with the federal Economic Development Administration controls the Industrial Park and its tenant through 2016 and the county may not be allowed to site the SO there regardless.

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