The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has moved to the ground floor of the Harlan County Courthouse, according to Harlan Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs.
The office is located in the former Harlan County Judge-Executive’s office, which has been renovated, and located across the hall from the Harlan County Attorney’s Office.
“We’re glad to be here in the courthouse,” said Boggs. “It’s all about location. This is a good location for our work and it’s also very accessible to the people we work with such as the clerk’s office, law enforcement agencies and the court.”
Boggs said the office, at its new location, is now easier to find. He added there is more parking available for those who have business with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
“This is a good use of this space. It’s a great old building with a great history,” said Boggs. “It’s a tribute to the Harlan Fiscal Court and the judge-executive that they chose to keep the courthouse and use it for office space. We’re happy to be a tenant here.”
Boggs said his office is a state office and a seven-year lease has been signed with the county to occupy an office in the courthouse.
“This gives the county income,” said Boggs. “Much of the renovation work was done by county inmates from the Harlan County Detention Center. We appreciate Jailer Curt Stallard because not only did the inmates do the demolition and remodel, they also moved us from our Cumberland Avenue location to the courthouse. The people of Harlan County should be very proud of the work that is being done at their courthouse at very little cost.”
The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office employs seven people, including Boggs. Serving as part-time assistant commonwealth’s attorneys in the office are Jonathan Lee and Karen Davenport.
An open house is being planned for a later date. The office kept the same telephone number of 606-573-6162.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510 or on Twitter @Nola_hde