Magistrate Court on the move
Officials are also hoping to move the cramped Magistrate Court offices to the old portion of the Murray County jail once the sheriff’s office moves operations to the new portion. Parker said the sheriff’s office is completing some employee training and other preparations before the move, which is expected to happen within a month or two.
“We’re getting some numbers together on what it would take to get a few minor refurbishments done,” said Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman. “I’ve spoken with two architects, and I’ve got to get one more.”
Buckner said Magistrate Court workers are cleaning up a number of other issues as well, including going back through records, some dating back to the 1980s, that may not have been properly disposed of, though not necessarily for “nefarious” reasons, she added.
“That is taking a good deal of time to do that and to do it right, but we think we’ll have that handled in the next couple of months as well,” Buckner said. “We have one person who is solely dedicated to that job.”
Magistrate Court now holds bond and first appearance hearings five times a week instead of four to allow people who are granted bonds the opportunity to get out of jail sooner. The office has also begun using a new warrant system that allows officers to access information electronically.