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Sheriff's section moves to new location
Shift puts special services near other operations
FCSO Deputy Lisa Thomas, one of the officers assigned to special services, works in her new office at 475 Tribble Gap Road. - photo by Jim Dean

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office special services section settled into a new location this week, as its former building in downtown Cumming is slated for demolition.

The section officially reopened for business Monday after moving Thursday and Friday to office suite 225 at 475 Tribble Gap Road.

The space will house 11 employees who handle alcohol enforcement, animal control, identification and residential and business alarm enforcement, said agency spokeswoman Karleen Chalker.

She added that two supervisors of the school resource unit will also have offices in the suite during the summer.

The new suite is in the same building on Tribble Gap that houses other agency employees and units, including the sheriff, chief deputy, finance, personnel, community relations and the special victims unit of the criminal investigations division.

“Already having sheriff’s offices occupying suites in this location made moving the special services section and the entire special operations division to this building very attractive,” Chalker said.

Special services were previously located at 107 E. Main St., a building on the Cumming downtown square.

That building and others will be demolished next month to make way for a new courthouse, which will be built across the street from the existing one.

The project, which also includes a new detention center and parking decks in town, was approved through a voter-approved extension of the 1-cent sales tax.

It’s not known at this time how long the special services section will occupy the Tribble Gap space, said Jodi Gardner, Forsyth County government spokeswoman.

The 15,698-square-foot office suite is rented for about $175,000 per year, she said. The previous 12,580-square-foot space was leased for $42,600 annually.

Previously used for a physician’s practice, the special services space cost a little more than $3,000 to renovate, Gardner said.

Chalker noted the location is close to downtown Cumming and the availability of nearby parking will make the office “more convenient for citizens.”

The new offices will also bring the agency closer to its goal of housing all operations in one location, with the exception of detention, courts and uniform patrol, Chalker said.

She said the shared building will also provide improved communication between divisions and the ability to share resources.