By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
More than a year after it was closed for mold and asbestos abatement, the Portsmouth Police Department will open to the public again at its former location in the basement of the city building in downtown Portsmouth.
“We’ll be working out of the department on Monday,” Capt. Robert Ware said. “Our detectives moved in over the last week. Patrol is going to start in there probably tonight (Friday). Then we’ll open Records (Division) up on Monday.”
Ware, who is operating the department in the absence of Chief Charles Horner, said he and his assistant will be the last two people to move into the facility on Monday. Horner is currently on medical leave.
In November 2010, Portsmouth Mayor Jane Murray ordered the department to move out of the basement because of the black mold problem. Since then, the department has been divided into three locations, which Horner says made it extremely difficult to maintain continuity and communications.
During the mold abatement, Horner discovered asbestos in the same area. Additional work was done to clear up both problems before the department could move back in.
Horner, who announced he will retire in February to run for Scioto County Sheriff has maintained the need for a new location for the Police Department because of concern for the health of his employees.
Horner has operated out of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency since that time.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at email@example.com.