Some Comanche County Courthouse offices get facelift - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Some Comanche County Courthouse offices get facelift

Lawton_The Comanche County Courthouse is getting a much-needed facelift.  At least two departments on the first floor are getting an overhaul.  Since Comanche County is growing, the courthouse is running out of room to store confidential information that moves through the courthouse on a daily basis.  The renovations to the courthouse are specifically slated for the first floor of the building where the tax assessor's files are held, and where the Juvenile Bureau offices are located. 

When changes to the courthouse are completed, the staff will be able to enjoy a more comfortable working environment.  "We are on top of each other," said Juvenile Bureau Administrative Assistant Sheila Hawk.  "When you are dealing with confidential information it makes it hard because you've got people that are sitting in the lobby that can hear everything people are saying."

Maintaining juveniles' confidentiality is mandatory.  "We have one position that handles sensitive information that needs a little more privacy in conducting business, so this will allow that to take place," said Juvenile Bureau Director Rick Lowe. 

The assessor's office also has confidential information on file, and a large number of the files they must keep for a number of years.  The growth of Comanche County brings more files, leading to less space.  "We are all running out of space, so it is up to them to find the space and help everybody out," said Comanche County Assessor Charlotte Hamilton.  Of course, not all departments at the courthouse can be helped at once.  "We take it on an as-needed basis," said Comanche County Commissioner Ron Kirby.  "Usually we try to get the most critical areas first." 

Once the facelift is complete, the Juvenile Bureau's office will be expanded to the area the Assessor's Office holds its files.  The Assessor's Office will move files to where the old jail once was located, and the old jail will be converted into 500 square feet of new office space.  The remodel is not only for the employees - it's for the public.  "It is a public building - it is the people's building and the tax payers have got to approve this," said Kirby.  "We hope it is an enjoyable experience for them - and a pleasant one - when they have to come to the courthouse."

The estimated cost for the renovations to the Comanche County Courthouse is just over $40,000, and the work will begin within the next month.  It is expected that construction will be complete within 45 days.  Other renovations to the building include repairing ceiling tiles on the third and fourth floors, and with the exception of painting the outside of the courthouse, this remodel should be one of the last they do for the next couple of years.
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • IS claims responsibility for London attack; UK's May defiant

    IS claims responsibility for London attack; UK's May defiant

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:08:11 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:08:11 GMT

    Investigations are continuing around Parliament, but lawmakers are expected to go ahead with plans to reconvene in a show of solidarity.

    Investigations are continuing around Parliament, but lawmakers are expected to go ahead with plans to reconvene in a show of solidarity.

  • Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

    Top Senate Dem opposes Supreme Court pick, vows filibuster

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:07:34 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:07:34 GMT

    After the hearing, the Judiciary panel is expected to vote in the next two weeks to recommend Neil Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate. 

    After the hearing, the Judiciary panel is expected to vote in the next two weeks to recommend Neil Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate. 

  • Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics

    Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:47 AM EDT2017-03-23 15:47:38 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:47 AM EDT2017-03-23 15:47:38 GMT

    A late-night meeting of moderate-leaning members Wednesday broke up without resolution or a deal as most lawmakers left out of side exits and avoided talking to reporters.

    A late-night meeting of moderate-leaning members Wednesday broke up without resolution or a deal as most lawmakers left out of side exits and avoided talking to reporters.

Powered by Frankly