County offices to open in courthouse Monday, April 23

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Swift County employees will start moving back into the remodeled courthouse Sunday, April 22, with offices open to the public starting Monday, April 23.

The county asks for patience from the public considering everything might not go smoothly as the transition from the downtown temporary offices to the courthouse takes place, Administrator Kelsey Baker said. All the computers staff uses to access data won’t be set up by 8 a.m. Monday, April 23, she said. It might also take a little longer to answer the phone as staff works to get setup.

The move will include the 30 staff people working in the Swift County Land Records, Auditor, Assessor, Administrator, Emergency Management, Treasurer, Veteran Services, Extension, Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Information Technology, and Rural Development Authority’s (RDA) offices.

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Dave Mennis and court staff will be moving out of the basement of the Swift County Law Enforcement Center back to the second floor of the courthouse.

6W Community Corrections will remain in the Benson Family Eye building’s south office space while the county board continues to consider how to address its former space in the basement of the courthouse.

Swift County’s Board of Commissioners will continue meeting in the Benson City Council chambers with the goal of being back meeting in the basement of the Law Enforcement Center by May 15.

Swift County staff moved out of its courthouse offices to the former Lewis Drug building on Atlantic Avenue downtown Benson in late June. The move took place ahead of a $4.5 million renovation of the courthouse.

The former Lewis Drug building downtown Benson has served as the county’s temporary offices. It is owned by the Swift County Rural Development Authority’s GROW operation. It plans to use the office space for future economic development initiatives, but may also keep it available in case it is needed while other county renovation projects take place.


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