Grand County inmates moved to Routt County for evacuation
Grand County’s Sheriff Office has been evacuated this week due to ongoing construction following an early November fire that did extensive damage to portions of the building’s main floor.
“During this phase of cleanup and construction following the November fire, all staff and inmates have been moved out of the building for approximately 10 days,” read a statement from a department spokesperson issued Monday morning. “The sheriff’s front office is currently operating out of the downstairs west end of the county building.”
The evacuation is being conducted due to air quality concerns stemming from the cleanup process. Lieutenant Dan Mayer of the sheriff’s office said county officials anticipated the evacuation. The work was initially scheduled as a series of three separate daylong evacuations but the work schedule was changed to a single multi-day period at the request of the sheriff’s department.
The statement goes on to note that sheriff’s office staffers will continue to work out of the county building “until the construction project is complete.”
The inmates that were being held at the Grand County Jail have been moved to the Routt County Detention Facility, located in Steamboat Springs. Additionally the county’s 911 emergency dispatch services, which are normally conducted from the sheriff’s office building, have been moved to a remote operations center.
The transfer of inmates occurred on Sunday, when the sheriff’s office moved 17 individuals to the Routt County Jail. Mayer added that four inmates were not transported to Routt on Sunday because three were scheduled for Court appearances on Monday and one individual was expected to bond out of jail.
While the evacuation and cleanup process continues Grand County Jail staff will be working shifts at the Routt County Jail to assist with oversight of the additional inmates. County detentions employees will also be working at a temporary holding facility in the Grand County Courthouse, which will serve as a makeshift jail for the next week and a half.
“The 911 center is fully operational and all emergency and non-emergency phone lines are functioning,” stated law enforcement officials.
Representatives from the department said they do not anticipate any interruptions to services provided by the sheriff’s department, but went on to add that the building itself will not be staffed while the construction work is being completed. Additionally officials from the sheriff’s office confirmed that neither the department’s armory or evidence storage are being impacted by the ongoing construction or the facility evacuation.
“It is all locked down and secured,” Mayer said. “Workers won’t even be in that area.”
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