The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 19, 2013

Jasper County seeking bids on space for sheriff’s office

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The decision to move isn’t yet final, but the Jasper County Commission is taking bids on a project to remodel a county-owned building on the Carthage square for the Jasper County Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Randee Kaiser has said he is considering moving the sheriff’s headquarters from leased space between Duenweg and Carthage to a county-owned former bank building northeast of the courthouse.

“The decision isn’t final; we’re taking bids so he can see what the costs would be,” said John Bartosh, presiding commissioner.

The bids will be opened Tuesday, March 5.

County offices already are on the top floor of the former bank building. Kaiser has said the space would be larger than the complex where the sheriff’s office moved after staffing and programs were added following approval of a quarter-cent law enforcement sales tax in 2005.

The county was renting the building back to the bank when former Sheriff Archie Dunn set up operations in leased space on County Road 180. The lease extends until the end of this year.