Panel considers moving courthouse offices

Cole County commissioners look to have more talks in the next few weeks about what to do with sheriff’s offices in the first floor of the county courthouse now that the new jail and law enforcement center at Adams and East High streets is open.

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At Monday’s commission meeting, Public Administrator Marilyn Schmutzler said her office, located on the fourth floor of the courthouse, needs: more room to accommodate clients who use wheelchairs, improvements for security measures and more overall office space.

Presiding Commissioner Marc Ellinger suggested moving Schmutzler’s office, the county treasurer’s office, the county information technology (IT) office and maintenance department offices to the first floor.

“If we move you down there, you’ll have a lot more room than what you have now,” Ellinger told Schmutzler. “If we move the treasurer down there, then we might open up a second jury room if we needed to have two trials going on at the same time.”

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