Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Ryan Foy gets accustomed to his new office on the second floor of the Luzerne County Courthouse Annex in Wilkes-Barre.Times Leader staff photo/Don Carey
Three Luzerne County Courthouse offices – sheriff, recorder of deeds and information technology -- are in the process of moving across River Street to the refurbished annex.
The building, which previously housed voter services, received a $1.25 million overhaul funded through a capital improvement bond. The building, which was constructed shortly after the 1972 flood, had to be gutted, county Engineer Jim Brozena said.
A security scanner and metal detector were added at the building entrance. An emergency generator will keep everything up and running if power goes out.
Recorder of Deeds Mary Dysleski’s office will be on the first floor. Everything will be moved over the weekend and on Columbus Day Monday, when courthouse offices are closed. The office will be ready for business at the new location on Tuesday, Oct. 10, Dysleski said.
Her old courthouse office will be used for a courtroom.
Sheriff Barry Stankus said his new office space on the second floor of the annex is open for business. A sheriff transport area will be set up in the old information technology office in the courthouse basement. His first-floor courthouse space will be absorbed by the district attorney’s office across the hall.
Stankus said his staff appreciates not having the faces of co-workers two feet away.
“Everyone is happy with the new office. We have more breathing room,” he said.
He cautions the people visiting his office for gun permits or other services that public parking has not been earmarked nearby, so visitors must still use the Water Street parking lot.