Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The expansion has allowed more room for the Grayson County Sheriff's deputies to have their own workspaces.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The expansion has allowed more room for the Grayson County Sheriff's deputies to have their own workspaces.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) is celebrating the completion of nearly $20,000 in office improvements.

Thanks to the efforts of inmate work crews from the Grayson County Detention Center, the GCSO has been able to save the county $17,000 to $18,000 in labor costs for the renovation and expansion into the rear of its current building.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said his office, located at 44 Public Sq. in Leitchfield, had, for some time, been cramped for space, and he was looking to expand.

The rear portion of the building was not being used, so Chaffins requested permission from Judge/Executive Kevin Henderson and the Fiscal Court to expand his office there.

County government permitted Chaffins to do so, and the Grayson County Detention Center provided inmate work crews, overseen by David England and David Royalty, to renovate the area. The GCSO provided only materials for the project.

The work began around the first of February, and, in addition to expanding into the rear of the building, the front of the building was repainted with new signage labeling the building the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, as opposed to County Government.

Work was completed near the end of March, and thanks to the expansion, the GCSO has been able to install a kitchen/lounge area, as well as additional office space and a new interview/interrogation room.

Chaffins said he has noticed an improvement in employee morale thanks to the expansion and renovations, especially because each deputy now has his own workspace. Currently, the GCSO has 10 road deputies, one investigations detective, one narcotics task force detective, and one civil process server.

Chaffins also said the renovations add more professionalism to the office because out-of-state/out-of-county law enforcement will often travel to the GCSO for meetings/interviews/etc., and he can now provide a better meeting place for them.

On behalf of the GCSO, Chaffins wished to thank the Fiscal Court for supporting the renovations and the jail, especially England and Royalty, for their inmate work crews.

"They did a great job," Chaffins said.

A public ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the renovations will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The expansion has allowed more room for the Grayson County Sheriff's deputies to have their own workspaces.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Thanks in large part to the renovation efforts of inmate work crews, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) has expanded its office space, establishing a kitchen and lounge area. The table and placard on the wall were both made by GCSO Chief Deputy Jarrod Mudd.