Sheriff moving out of "embarrassing" building

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Friday that county council members were embarrassed by the condition of the building that houses the sheriff's office when they went there for meetings.

Earlier this week county council voted unanimously to spend $4.4 million for the sheriff's office to move from a 46 year old building on Pinehaven Drive to a newer building on Leeds Avenue now being used by South Carolina Electric and Gas.

The sheriff said his employees have outgrown the current building.

"We've had trailers for as long as I can remember, we're overflowing," said Cannon. "It's very inefficient and obviously has an impact on morale when you're rubbing and bumping into one another."

Cannon said the 100,000 square foot SCE&G building will allow him to consolidate several divisions under one roof, including the warrants division, now located in North Charleston and the traffic division which currently is in Mt. Pleasant.

The sheriff said no date has been set for the move.

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