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Adams County Sheriff's Office administrative, other department considers move to new location

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NATCHEZ, Mississippi — Adams County Sheriff's Office administrative and other department functions may soon move from the Adams County Jail if Sheriff Chuck Mayfield gets his way.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1rjTggS ) Mayfield asked the Adams County Board of Supervisors Monday for an update on his previous request to relocate and consolidate several departments.

Mayfield said having departments scattered throughout the city isn't productive for the sheriff's office.

"It's hard to keep cases together," Mayfield told the board.

Board attorney Scott Slover said the county had previously looked at several locations to house Metro Narcotics and administration personnel as well as investigators and other departments at one central location.

The sheriff said the last time the board discussed the matter they had decided the former Callon Petroleum building was the best location they had seen.

Supervisor Angela Hutchins asked board members if the county was renting the building where Metro is currently located.

County administrator Joy Murray told Hutchins the county owned that building, but Mayfield said it was in need of major repairs.

Damage to the roof is causing insulation and other areas of the building to be exposed.

"That building is so bad, the secretary can only work a half day," Mayfield said. "She has to go home each day because it gets so bad in there."

Murray said the building was slated to receive a new roof soon to alleviate some of the maintenance issues, but also said the repairs would not accommodate the amount of space the sheriff needed for the various departments.

The sheriff said the last time the board discussed the matter they had decided the former Callon Petroleum building was the best location they had seen.

Hutchins suggested the sheriff consider an initial six-month lease of the space.

She says the county could assess the situation then decide if the sheriff's office should stay there or look for another location.


Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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