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Proposal to move Nassau County Sheriff's Office

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Updated: 10/24/2013 12:06 am
YULEE Fla.-- Evidence stacked on old prisoner cots, deputies working out of crammed cells. For years, this is how those who protect and serve Nassau County have had to work.

"We need a safe and secure facility to work out of," said Sheriff Bill Leeper.

A new facility would cost taxpayers nearly $10 million, but commissioner Walter Boatright said he has a simple, more reasonable solution: move.

He's proposed moving the sheriff's office into the county annex. It's a larger, newer building that houses courtrooms and the county clerk.

"To keep spending money that we've spent in that Sheriff's Office to try and fortify those mobile homes and the old jail we're just throwing good money out for bad," said Boatright.

He gave Action News a tour of the annex and showed that there's plenty of room to go around.

"The analogy I used during the meeting was look, I love a king sized bed but if I have to sleep I can sleep on a twin sized bed so I think everybody can kind of squeeze together and make room," he said.

The move could require some clerks to temporarily move to the old sheriff's complex, with the plan to eventually bring everyone under the same roof at the annex.

"Everything needs to be there, and that's the ultimate goal," said Boatright.

The Sheriff's Office and commissioners are working on a logistics plan for the move. They plan to open it up for discussion again November 4th.
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