2017-10-06 / Front Page

Community leaders attend dedication of new Decker Center

By Jessica Mejia

Residents of Richland County were invited to a dedication ceremony September 29 at 11 p.m. honoring the new Decker Center, 2500 Decker Boulevard.

The 112,000-squarefoot facility cost $31 million to renovate from a shopping center to a hightech space for the Central Magistrate Court, divisions of the Sheriff ’s Department, and community rooms. The steel-framed building will also house the Hopkins and Dentsville magistrate courts for the time being.

Before moving to the Decker Center building, the Central Magistrate Court was located in a 12,000-square-foot facility on Huger Street. At its new location, the court has nine courtrooms and rooms for the community to use.

The ceremony was attended by Richland County Councilmembers, deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, including Sheriff Leon Lott, and community leaders. Divisions of the Sheriff ’s Department that were moved to the Decker Center included Internal Affairs, the Fugitive Team, and Court Liaison.

Before the dedication ceremony, councilmembers and family members unveiled a portrait dedicated to former Chief Magistrate Judge Walter S. Jones Sr. Jones was known for helping create a centralized court in Richland County. After his death in 1999, the Central Court facility was renamed the “Walter Jones Sr. Central Court Facility.” His portrait can be seen displayed inside the Decker Center.

After the ceremony, guests gathered at a reception where food from restaurants located on Decker Boulevard was served. Violin players provided entertainment.

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