New Philadelphia, Ohio (WJER) - The city’s prosecutors office is moving to a larger office space without having to charge the taxpayers.
Law Director Marvin Fete says his office will be relocating to the old fire station on Second Street SE, giving them more office and storage space than their current office in the municipal building. Fete says currently, he mainly works out of his private office where there is more space, and he says his prosecutors are working in small rooms with their files stored in the hallways.
“It was really cramped and tough to access stuff. Now, we’re going to house them over there where there’s plenty of space. We’re actually going to get some new file cabinets to reorganize some things because we’ve got stuff there from the 60s and 70s that I’ve actually had to reference and that’s really hard to find,” he says.
Fete says the space is currently getting new carpet and internet services before moving in.
“We’re probably about a month out. There was some new carpeting needed to move in. This section had been in pretty good shape,” he says. “The mayor had been trying to find somebody to utilize the space. He’d offered it to the police detectives. They’d been trying to rent it out. Right now, it’s just sitting there unused.”
Fete says this will also allow their new victim’s advocate to have private conversations with crime victims, which he says is an essential part of the job.