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Thomas County is proud of its courthouse

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  After 18 months of planning and construction, the new Thomas County Judicial Center held its first court session Monday.

The 38,000 square foot building cost nearly $10 million. It's the biggest construction project the county has ever taken on.

 Clerk of Courts David Hutchings started his job 30-years ago in the old courthouse. He says the new building is more spacious, more efficient, has better technology in the courtrooms, and is guarded with tighter security.

"This is going to be a building that will handle our functions for many years. And it's something we can all be proud of."

The district attorney, coroner, judges, and voter registration also have offices in the new building. The old courthouse across the street will be renovated and used for county commissioners office space.

That project will cost around $6 million. The courthouse was built 151 years ago.

Thomas County leaders say that's the longest time a courthouse has been used in Georgia.

 

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