Discussions of new Worcester County Public Safety Building, could bring more space
WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – After 20 years of being housed in the Worcester County Government Building basement, the County Sheriff said it’s time for change.
“As time moves on and as we’ve expanded our deputies and we’ve expanded our civilian staff, we’re just having trouble finding space,” Worcester County Sheriff, Matt Crisafulli, said.
Sheriff Crisafulli said he proposed a plan to the County Commissioners for a public safety building. When the building they’re in was first put into operation, they had just under 50 deputies, and now 20 years later, they’re just under 100.
“So as the county grows, as our business area grows, as our residential area grows it’s great for Worcester County it brings in people but it’s going to increase our public safety staff,” Sheriff Crisafulli said.
With the growth in deputies, Sheriff Crisafulli said they’ve needed to find solutions to accommodate staff.
“I think they have a legitimate concern that they are running out of space,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said.
“We’ve taken closet space, storage space, we’ve had to put a divider in between one office, so we are really fighting for space to house our employees,” Sheriff Crisafulli said.
But, with a new public safety building, they could hopefully solve these issues and more.
“We should have a public safety facility that’s much more accessible to our county residents we should be out on one of the major arteries in a centralized area of the County,” Sheriff Crisafulli said.
“The Sheriff made a very good point regarding the visibility in the community and I believe certainly that is something that needs to be part of the equation,” Commissioner Bertino said.
Sheriff Crisafulli said he has a goal of a 5-year plan for the project.
With more conversations needing to be had, before getting shovels in the ground.
“The timeline on this is not going to happen anytime soon we have a number of projects that require our attention, including schools capital projects,” Commissioner Bertino said.
Sheriff Crisafulli said his only concern is trying to find the best place for accessibility for the new building.
Adding, having a public safety building that is more centralized could help with better response times to calls for service.