By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer
The staff of the 9th Judicial District Attorney in Roosevelt and Curry counties will experience a change of scenery by the end of this year, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.
The district attorney’s offices in both Portales and Clovis are moving from the basement in their respective county courthouses to larger space.
Roosevelt County’s district attorney’s office will be relocated to a building at 205 South Main St. on the Portales square.
“They’re (the staff) in an extremely small office,” said Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator. “We have remodeled to try to accommodate them, but you know you can only put so many individuals in a small square footage.”
According to Hardin, the new space will be beneficial to the district attorney’s office because staff can be added as needed. She said the new location may be more accessible for the public than the basement of the courthouse.
Architectural plans for interior and exterior building renovations were recently completed and bidding for contractual services will soon be in the works.
Chandler said one of his goals when he was elected was to expand facilities in Roosevelt County so the staff could better serve the public.
“With the leadership and vision of the Roosevelt County commissioners, the Roosevelt County manager and many others, we were able to work together and make this goal a reality,” Chandler said.
“When we expand our facilities we can better service our victims and we can better service the public,” Chandler said. “We can make victims more comfortable in meeting with our prosecutors and our support staff with regard to their criminal cases.”
The space in the new location will be double the size of the current office space in the basement of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The construction project and move are expected to take place by the end of 2006.
The district attorney’s office in Curry County, located in the Curry County Courthouse basement, will be moving into new space in the Federal Building at Fifth and Gidding streets in Clovis. Renovations to the second floor, where the new offices are located, are scheduled to be completed by Monday. Chandler said he hopes to be in the new space by the beginning of September.
With 14,000 square feet of space, the new Clovis office will be nearly triple the size of the current facilities in the Curry County Courthouse.