County offices reopen

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo Roosevelt County assessor, treasurer, clerk and water engineer are housed in one portable office. County employees said the  transition was smooth Monday as computers and phones were all working.

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Roosevelt County assessor, treasurer, clerk and water engineer are housed in one portable office. County employees said the
transition was smooth Monday as computers and phones were all working.

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

The Roosevelt County assessor, treasurer, clerk and the Ninth Judicial District Court offices were open on Monday after they were moved into three portable offices on Thursday and Friday.
The court clerk and a courtroom were moved into two separate portables while the assessor, treasurer and clerk are in one portable.
These offices will remain in the portable buildings for nine months due to the replacement of the Roosevelt County Courthouse’s HVAC system.
The project, which was initially a preventive measure after eight types of mold were discovered in the courthouse by a private lab consultant, was expedited once the courthouse’s current system broke, making conditions too hot to work in.

The transition to the new offices was a smooth one according to Chief Deputy Clerk Stephanie Hicks.
“We moved our computers, printers and other office pieces on Thursday and Friday. We were really tired after that, but it went well,” Hicks said.
Hicks said on Monday morning all the computers, printers and phones worked and there were no problems.
Hicks said the only thing they did not move into the portables were desks and the records in the record’s room.
The clerk’s office will have access to the record room on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searl said there has been no problem with the move but she did have to direct some customers around the new office. Searl said they put up signs all over the office to help direct people as well.
“We will make it work,” Searl said.
County Treasurer Nancy Belcher said her office did not have as much to move as others, but it was still a smooth transition.
“Everything worked when we got here. The computers came up and our phones were working. We have had no problems,” Belcher said.