The City of Cherokee has yet to officially react to a move by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and Board of Supervisors that would possibly lead to the relocation of the Cherokee Police Department from the LEC facility.
Citing the need for additional space and recommendations from a recent County Jail inspection report, County representatives met Wednesday with City representatives to request the City consider relocating the Police Department into the former Department of Human Services building on West Maple Street. The County is offering the building to the City at no charge, but the facility would have to be totally renovated and retooled to house the Police Department.
City Administrator Don Eikmeier said the City is looking at the DHS building to evaluate the proposal and would be considering all the economics of such a move. The CIty also has requested a formal, written proposal from the County and will respond in the future after its evaluation of the entire relocating process is completed.
The County cannot force the City Police out of the LEC, as a mutual agreement would have to be reached before any change took place.
"We just got the information," said Eikmeier. "There's no time frame established. We are simply willing to consider the County's proposal and will respond in the future."
Two years ago, the Sheriff's Department led a lengthy campaign to build a new County Jail, resulting in a special election August 4, 2009. Voters defeated that measure that carried an estimated cost not to exceed $3,750,000 and would have been funded by $3,500,000 in General Obligation Bonds.