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"Perfectly designed": New location enjoyed by Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

Paula Hurt, warrant records supervisor, unpacks at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office at the Krowse Building near Northeast 36th and North Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Paula Hurt, warrant records supervisor, unpacks at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office at the Krowse Building near Northeast 36th and North Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office is fully moved out of the county jail and operating out of its new facility in northeast Oklahoma City.

Roughly 85 employees are working in 30,000 square feet of the county-owned Krowse Army Reserve Center building at 2101 NE 36, said spokesman Mark Myers.

Since the building was previously a “hardened” military facility, it came with a vault and a basement area already equipped to hold property and evidence for the sheriff’s office, Myers said.

The IT infrastructure had recently been updated, and the county has plans to install an elevator. The building also allows for the majority of the county’s law enforcement officers to work in the same space.

“The building was perfectly designed for our needs, and we moved in seamlessly,” he added.

The sheriff’s office asked the county’s public buildings authority for $55,000 to update drywall, floor repairs and paint but was only approved for $9,500, Myers said. Still, staff are excited to be out of the jail.

Sheriff P.D. Taylor said two weeks prior to moving, the ceiling in the jail’s office space was leaking and large barrels were collecting sewage water.

“It is kind of bittersweet because you’re leaving a lot of friends and great employees that simply can’t go to law enforcement with us,” Taylor said. “But we are so excited to get to a new location. We actually have heat and air. It’s an old building, but it is a solid building."

Some employees are painting their own offices and shampooing the carpets, Taylor said.

At some point, Taylor will hold an open house at the new facility.

This move has been months in the making as county officials tried to identify every other option before allowing the sheriff's office to move into Krowse, a building that had other tenant offers.

Taylor previously said the move had been "delayed and delayed and delayed," and Commissioner Carrie Blumert said moving the sheriff's office out of the county jail solidifies the Oklahoma County Jail Trust taking over management this summer.

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<strong>Brandi Rodriquez, records clerk, moves crates at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office at the Krowse Building near Northeast 36th and North Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Brandi Rodriquez, records clerk, moves crates at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office at the Krowse Building near Northeast 36th and North Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019. Read more ›

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