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Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office moves headquarters into old courthouse

CUMMING — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has officially moved its headquarters to downtown Cumming.

Now located at 100 E. Court House Square in the former Forsyth County courthouse, the sheriff’s office is open from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s Office, anyone wishing to receive the following services needs to go to the new location: ordinances and permits for background checks; alcohol sales; gun permits; evictions; fingerprints; and solicitor permits.

Also handled there are civil proceedings for property seizures summonses, evictions, writs, temporary probate orders, protection orders, FiFas and condemnations.

“We’re all in one central location now, so people don’t have to go to several different locations to get everything done,” Rodriguez said.

The agency’s headquarters were previously located off Tribble Gap Road, north of downtown, while other departments were scattered around Cumming.

The move was made possible by construction of the new county courthouse, which opened in March across the street from the old courthouse.

That facility, and a new jail on the other side of Maple Street, were built along with two parking decks using $100 million from an extension of the 1-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2011.

The old courthouse also houses other sheriff’s office functions, including the offices of the sheriff, chief deputy and professional standards, as well as the finance, human and community resources and operations divisions.

Residents can access the building through the front door of the courthouse on the street level.

Probate Court occupies the lower level of the building and can be entered through the rear door at the parking lot level.

“With Probate Court also here, people can come here and go right upstairs to complete their business with the sheriff’s office after Probate Court,” Rodriguez said.

Parking is available in both of the new parking decks downtown, he said. Handicapped parking is available in the rear parking lot of the old courthouse.