GATESVILLE – Moving from cramped quarters in the old Coryell County courthouse into offices in the county’s new annex at 800 E. Main St., will take some adjustment.

“Lot of room,” said County Auditor Ben Roberts about his new office. “I feel like I am in a fish bowl.”

Roberts, in plain view from the hallway through a wide window, is one of several county officials who now occupy office space in what was the Extraco Bank building a block from the courthouse square.

The county purchased the 16,000-square-foot building in June and plans to occupy 12,000 square feet, leasing the remaining 4,000 square feet to Extraco to continue banking operations.

County Treasurer Donna Medford was undecided last week on how she likes her new office.

“Ask me again in a couple of weeks when I have settled in,” Medford said.

Pamela Williams, director of the newly created human resources department, was the first to move into the new space last month. She is now ready to handle the needs of the county’s 196 employees, which includes helping Roberts’ staff process the payroll.

Empty courthouse space left by the move will be used by pretrial services, the 52nd Judicial District Court clerk’s staff, the law library and to provide a private meeting room for lawyers to confer with their clients.

Among the other tenants in the first wave of the move-in are County Commissioner Jack Wall, the veteran services office and the historical commission.

Included in the next phase will be offices for two justices of the peace, two constables, a state police sergeant, a state game warden and a special ranger for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

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