A new justice center to make Washington County courtrooms more secure could be in the future.
County Judge John Brieden says when the County Commissioners meet Tuesday they will begin the process. He says oftentimes large numbers of prisoners from the county jail are transported to the courthouse and the interact with the public. Judge Brieden says the county needs more courtroom space, and the best place to place the additional courtrooms would be in a secure place next to the county jail.
Judge Brieden says the current courtrooms will continue to be used but they need to find a new place for the county road and bridge department. That’s why the County Commissioners are expected to exempt purchase of real property from competitive bidding and grant the county judge the authority to sign on behalf of the county.
Judge Brieden says there is no timetable for building this new justice center.
The Washington County Commissioners meet Tuesday at nine at the courthouse.