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Push on to name county building after Hommes

ELIZABETHTOWN-Essex County is looking into a name change at the Public Safety building.

The change would be made to honor the late Henry Hommes, who served as Essex County Sheriff from 1998 until his death in 2010.

"His life was all about public service from the Army to the State Police to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to finally taking this position as sheriff," current Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting said about the proposal. "I am behind this 100 percent."

Cutting said that he had been looking into the costs that surround a potential name change of the building.

"I do not think that this will entail anything more than changing the signs and having a re-dedication ceremony," Cutting said. "I am still looking into getting estimates on how much it would cost to change the lettering."

Hommes was the Essex County Sheriff when the Public Safety Building and Essex County Correctional Facility was built and dedicated in 2007.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors unanimously seconded a resolution to look into the costs associated with the change during their ways and means committee meeting March 28.

"I know that this is something that Gerry (Gerald Morrow of Chesterfield) has been looking into," board chairman Randy Douglas said. "I think that we will have this matter determined by June or July."

The building would be renamed the Henry H. Hommes Memorial Jail and Public Safety Building.

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