Supervisors tour new Dallas County Law Enforcement Center

Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard, right, pointed out features of the jail pod for Dallas County Supervisor Kim Chapman, center, and Dallas County Operations and Finance Director Rob Tietz during a Jan. 21 tour of the new Dallas County Law Enforcement Center. Tours of the completed facility will be given Sunday, Sept. 13 from 2-8 p.m.

Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard led a tour Tuesday of the new Dallas County Law Enforcement Center for several of his fellow elected officeholders, Dallas County Auditor Julia Helm and Dallas County Supervisors Kim Chapman, Brad Golightly and Mark Hanson.

Joining the tour were Samuels Group Superintendent Norman Reisetter, Dallas County Information Services Director Todd Noah and Dallas County Operations and Finance Director Rob Tietz.

The site has seen great progress since the Nov. 9, 2017, groundbreaking at the $23 million, 57,000-square-foot project at 25979 U.S. Highway 6 in the Ortonville area of Adel. Dallas County voters approved financing for the new county jail in a May 2017 special election.

Tuesday’s tour began at the southernmost building in the complex, the new sheriff’s administrative offices, which include the patrol, investigations and civil law offices. The central building houses the jail administrative services, including an initial appearance courtroom, and the northernmost building is the jail pod itself, with its two-tier, 92-bed arrangement, expandable to 172 beds.

The facility has a target completion date in late March.

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