The post, which will be home to a commander and at least four other troopers, will be one of about 50 statewide and will serve to support the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.
Sheriff Gary Gulledge said the move will help shorten police response times to wrecks and help “supplement the law enforcement presence in Paulding County.”
“My deputies work hand in hand with troopers and we look forward to seeing more of them in our county,” Gulledge said in a news release. “I have worked with many state and local leaders to make this a reality and I appreciate everyone’s help in bringing the state patrol post to Paulding County.”
The 6,500-square-foot water systems building on Bill Carruth Parkway will be used to replace a Cedartown post which closed in 2012, said Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
The county government is planning to pay $1.4 million to buy the building and remodel it, including modifying the rear for barracks and constructing a secured, covered entrance, said county government services director Chuck Rann in a news release. The county will then lease the building and three-acre site to the state patrol.
In the fall, the water system will move its Carruth Parkway business office and part of its operations division to the county’s Watson Government Building on Jimmy Campbell Parkway in Dallas where its engineering department is located.
“There’s already an ongoing project to consolidate facilities for the water system,” Rann told the Paulding County Commission recently.
A two-story, 20,000-square-foot building is planned for a site on Macland Road, where the department will combine its engineering, business and operations staffs in one location. It serves 43,000 customers in Paulding County and some neighboring areas.
The state patrol currently serves Paulding and three other counties from a Cartersville post. When the Paulding post opens, the service area will be split, with the new post serving Paulding and Haralson counties and the Cartersville post serving Bartow and Polk counties, McDonough said.
The patrol saw a need in Paulding for a new post based on a variety of factors, including its rapid population growth through the last decade, he said.