The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 2, 2014

Open house scheduled for sheriff’s new space

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Jasper County sheriff’s officers who  have been in a larger, renovated building for a month will be able to show off their new space to the public in an open house on Tuesday.

The open house will follow a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting for sheriff’s offices in a county-owned former bank building just northwest of the courthouse.

Sheriff’s administrative operations moved to the building on Dec. 2 from rented space near Duenweg.

“We’re all enjoying it,” said Sheriff Randee Kaiser on Thursday

“The building is very user-friendly and everyone, including patrol and detectives, has a lot more room to work,” he said.

Kaiser said the location also is more convenient for the public and for officers who otherwise were having to drive back and forth from Duenweg and Carthage to go to either the courthouse or the jail, both located in the county seat. The sheriff’s office has about 150 workers, with about half working at the jail, and the remainder at administrative headquarters.

The county bought the building in 1999 and initially rented the main floor and basement back to the bank that occupied it. The top floor was converted for county use, and houses offices for the public administrator, county recorder and county treasurer.

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