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Linn Co. Sheriff's Department moving back downtown

MARION (KWWL) - For the past year and a half or so, the Linn County Sheriff's Department has shared a building with the Abbe Center for Community Care in Marion. They say that the space has served them well in that time, but they'll be happy to get back to their original offices in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The department's staff members were busy packing, stacking, and labeling boxes of files and paperwork on Thursday.

"We're ready to get back and have our space again, and room for everything," said Karen Peters, a secretary in the department's criminal division.

She's looking forward to being back in her downtown office, but she says the past several months in this temporary space have been just fine.

"We were actually pretty lucky, compared to a lot of county offices."

Sheriff Brian Gardner says being able to fit the entire department here was good for maintaining camaraderie.

"What it allowed us to do, for the most part, is move all of our operation within one roof," Gardner explained. "So, the people that were at the other office were all able to continue to work together here, which I think helped morale quite a bit."

The big move will begin Friday, and last through Monday. During that time, Gardner says routine business services will shut down, as they would during a holiday.

"Gun permits, and civil to a detective about a case; those types of things will be closed down."

However, jail, patrol and communication services will run normally during that time. The department's downtown building was still receiving finishing touches on Thursday afternoon. The department's regular business operations will resume on Tuesday, January 12th.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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