Sheriff’s Office will be built in west Salisbury

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office will move from its present location on Naylor Mill Road, where it’s been since 1989, to a new, $10-million, modern, spacious building.

Construction could begin by the end of the year on about 9 acres located about 10 miles from the current building in the Westwood Commerce Park. Naylor Mill Road is north of it and International Drive is to the south.

About $5.2 million for this year and $5.2 million for the following year are in the county’s Capital Improvement Plan.

Last week, the Wicomico County Council approved acquisition of the land for the appraised value of $586,300 from Westwood Development.

Square footage of the new building isn’t yet known.

Assistant County Administrator Weston Young said building layout and design haven’t yet been completed, followed by site development, which involves the parking lot, fences, doors and storm water.

The current building is in a low area, which causes flooding if there are heavy rains, Young said.

“The beauty of the proposed building is, it can be expanded in 15 to 20 years. You can take out a wall and build out,” he said.

“This was never intended to be a 21st century public safety building,” Capt. Tod Richardson, Special Operations Bureau Commander, said.

“We’ve been here since 1989, at least. We will have been here 30 years by the time we move. It has been in use as a Sheriff’s Office, 911 and the Fire Marshal’s Office all included in one building. We slowly took over as the Sheriff’s Office only as we have grown.

“As far as security levels, it is not the quality of security that a true public safety building has,” Richardson said.

The building has 13,000 square feet and the new one will be much larger, with space for storage. Updated regulations require anything connected to DNA be kept forever and the current building is running out of space and proper climate control, Richardson said.

“We’re in tight quarters right now. The staff has increased since 1989.  We have 88 sworn deputies, plus the sheriff,” he said.

A new building has been “in the works since the sheriff took office,” he said.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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