CHESTERTOWN - The local satellite office of the Warren County Sheriff's Dept. will be relocated from the Chester Municipal Center to a building where the state Police will soon be located on Rte. 9 just south of the hamlet, Sheriff Bud York and state Police officials announced Tuesday.
A new. larger building is now being built behind the existing state Police substation, and Warren County officers will be moving into a wing of this new building, York said.
The state Police have offered it at no charge for the county, in contrast to the rent the Department pays for their offices in the Chester Municipal Center, the former Chestertown High School.
The space in the new office building may be a little smaller, but it's sufficient for the county substation operations, York said.
Five Sheriff's patrol officers, a sergeant and an investigator all work out of the county substation.
York said the move to the new quarters will likely occur by summer's end. The county substation has been located in the Chester Municipal Center for about a decade. Before then, it was located in the former Poore House Restaurant Building, now the Wesleyan Church.
"The state Police are paying rent in this new building, and we felt this was quite a good gesture," York said.
York said the move would enhance communication and coordination between the two agencies, as officers will likely freely exchange information about cases and investigations as they are together in the office between patrols.
"We think it's huge and great for the community," York said.
The move was announced at a press conference that lauded the teamwork that this change might engender. Ironically, the conference was pre-empted by another that revealed details of a shootout between police and a fleeing armed suspect - an incident in Lake George which involved hours of joint effort between the two agencies.
Acting state Police Superintendent John Melville and Troop G Commander Major William Sprague along with Sheriff Bud York all said this effort will be beneficial not only to the citizens of the county but also the citizens of New York State, they said in a prepared statement.