Grayson County’s old jail is getting new life as an extension of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office. Once finished, the old space will host new office space for GCSO’s team of investigators. Here are five things to know about the remodeling work.
1. Under budget
Grayson County budgeted $300,000 to remodel the fourth floor of the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman, but Grayson County Judge Bill Magers expects the work to come in closer to $200,000. “It’s been pretty remarkable, the progress that they’ve made,” Magers said. The 10,000-square-foot space is being remodeled, he said, for around $20 a foot. “You just can’t do anything for that,” Magers said.
2. Out of space
GCSO’s offices in the Grayson County Justice Center in downtown Sherman are full and additional space is needed for the agency’s investigators.
3. Best option
The county looked at buying other buildings, but Grayson County Commissioners said they didn’t want to increase the number of buildings under county control.
4. Added security
Moving the deputies to the courthouse means there will be a 24/7 security presence in a building that currently lacks security. Remodeling the space will also save the county money.
5. Moving files
The county had to digitize hundreds of boxes of records that had been stored in the space. Both the Grayson County Clerk and the Grayson County District Clerk utilized fees specially set aside for record management to pay for the work. That process is still ongoing.