Prosecutor to open new office Monday

January 29, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Crews are in the process of moving the Scioto County Prosecutors office across the street to the second floor of the courthouse annex. According to Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn, the office will be open at it’s new location at 612 6th Street in Portsmouth, on Monday, Feb. 4.

Kuhn said crews have started to move some items from the existing office the new space.

“We are working to finalize the terms of a lease agreement and Mr. (Ken) Rase (owner of the courthouse annex) agreed to let us move in,” Kuhn said.

The move, according to Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree, is happening so room could be made to establish the offices of Judge Marie Hoover of the Fourth District Court of Appeals. Hoover will occupy the Prosecutor’s Office on the third floor of the courthouse once he and his staff have moved.

Kuhn said the goal is to have his office moved before Hoover and her staff starts work on Feb. 11.

“We told the lawyers this morning (Tuesday) we’re expecting to have people reporting starting Monday across the street,” Kuhn said.

Kuhn did not know if the office would be fully up and running at the point or not or, if the staff would be working between the two offices.

He said the move will mean more space for him and his office.

“The big disadvantage we have right now is, we’ve got assistant prosecutors sharing offices either with each other or with support staff. The downside is that we have no private place to meet with our witnesses and our victims,” Kuhn said.

The new space will allow such private meetings.

Crabtree said Rase made an offer to the county, if they were willing to purchase the building. He said the county would first want to get everyone situated into the new space, then the county would consider the offer.

“We need space, there is no doubt about that. We’re going to have to do something for the long term or we can’t continue to grow. That’s the problem with government now, the rent goes up, utilities go up, insurance goes up and if we can lock something in, we can prevent increases in the future and in the long term it’s going to save us money,” Crabtree said.

Hoover said the office space will work out great for her and her staff.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com