What will the new jail in Adams County be called?

This drawing of the new Adams County jail and law enforcement facility shows the north side of the facility along Broadway, as well as the public entrance for the Quincy Police Department. The county has not approved an official name for the new facility. | Submitted Drawing
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 4, 2017 12:01 am

Since the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Quincy Police Department will be housed in the new jail, what will it be called?

Sheriff Brian VonderHaar knows there isn't an official name for the facility, but if he's out in the public, he refers to it as "the new Adams County law enforcement facility."

"I'd hate to say that's the official name," VonderHaar said. "That might be something the jail subcommittee needs to get together on and maybe decide what the official wording of that is going to be."

Drawings from the county's design team lead by Chicago-based HOK listed the name as the "Adams County Detention Center and Law Enforcement Center," but that appeared to be an internal name used by the firm.

"Once QPD moved in with it and the sheriff's office moved in, it's not necessarily just the Adams County detention center anymore," VonderHaar said. "I think of it more as a law enforcement center."

Jail Exploratory Committee Chairman Mark Peter said the name of the facility has not been discussed at the committee nor the Adams County Board level.

"I just figured it would be called the jail, but maybe there is a more fitting name," Peter said. "It's either going to be 'jail' or 'detention center' or something like that. I don't think it's going to have a name as far as branding."

Funding for the $29.8 million facility is mostly being funded through a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in April 2015. The city of Quincy is chipping in $4 million for construction.

Construction of the 192-bed facility is slated to start about July 1 and last at least 18 months. Demolition of buildings bought by the county to make room for the facility is underway. The building will extend from the courthouse's southeast corner and cross Sixth Street.

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