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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON SHERIFF'S STATION : NEW FACILITY WILL SERVE GROWING ROSAMOND.

Byline: Bhavna Mistry Daily News Staff Writer

Kern County Sheriff Carl Sparks and Second District Supervisor Steve Perez broke ground Friday on a new $200,000 temporary sheriff's station that will replace a tiny office in a converted two-bedroom house.

``We desperately needed this sheriff's station,'' said Sparks, as he held a shovel in front of about 40 sheriff's deputies, Rosamond residents and local dignitaries. ``We'll have a sheriff's facility that the sheriff's department and the community can be proud of.''

Planned for the 1500 block of Sierra Highway, the station is expected to be completed in about 100 days. It will cover a little more than 3,000 square feet of floor space and contain an office for the second district supervisor.

According to Assistant Sheriff Keith Lackey, the new facility will be built by Desert Construction on land the company owns. The sheriff's department has a seven-year contract to lease the facility at $4,500 a month.

At the end of seven years, the department will either extend the lease or build a new structure that would also serve as a Kern County fire station, officials said.

Included in the new facility will be men's and women's dressing rooms and showers, lockers, a kitchen, property room, two investigator offices, a sergeant's office, two interview rooms, an area for volunteers and a squad room.

``We're anxious to move in,'' said Sgt. Jerry Sullivan. ``We're ready. This is going to be twice the size.''

Rosamond's current facility at 2873 Diamond Street is a converted two-bedroom home covering about 1,260 square feet. It houses seven deputies, two senior deputies, a sergeant and a clerk.

``We're all competing for space,'' said Sullivan. ``We're very limited right now.''

Back in the 1940s, Rosamond had one sheriff's deputy who worked from his home. In the 1970s, Rosamond officially gained a substation, and deputies worked out of a small office in the back of a fire station.

The substation later moved into an old bank building, then seven years ago into the current facility.

In 1994, a Kern County grand jury reported that Rosamond's population was expected to increase from about 18,000 to more than 30,000 in the next three to five years and that a new facility was needed.

The grand jury also reported that the Rosamond substation often handles on a monthly basis more criminal citations, misdemeanor and felony reports than the Tehachapi, Mojave and Boron substations combined.

Initially, county officials were looking into renting an 1,800-square-foot building but decided against that.

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Photo: (color) Kern County Sheriff Carl Sparks speaks to deputies at the Rosamond station groundbreaking.

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