BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners are expected to decide Wednesday whether to approve the $1 million purchase of the building that currently houses the Sheriff's substation in Sisters. County Administrator Tom Anderson says buying the building at Barclay and Larch would save the county money in the long term, "It would be a county-owned building for the benefit of the Sheriff's Office, as well as other county services; but most importantly, for the residents of Sisters." He says it would solidify the agency's presence in Sisters, "The Sheriff's Office has provided law enforcement for some time for the city, and we anticipate that will continue in the future."
There are two commercial businesses who also rent the 6,000 square foot building, and Anderson says if the purchase goes through, they'd begin paying the county for their spaces, "We’re not doing this to make money. We're doing this to not only ensure the long-term ability of the Sheriff to operate out of that building, but also to have a presence in Sisters, not only for the Sheriff, but potentially other county services that we provide in that area into the long-term." When the building first went on the market, Anderson says county officials worried the Sheriff's Office substation would have to relocate, "Our hope was to preserve the services that we provide out of that building now, and provide certainty, into the future." The county already owns buildings that house other Sheriff's Offices in Bend, La Pine, and Terrebonne.
Money for the purchase would come from a reserve fund Anderson says is used for real estate opportunities. "I never want to predict or anticipate what the Commissioners will do," Anderson tells KBND News, "But certainly in the discussions that we've had, to date, they've been favorable in terms of this acquisition."
UPDATE: Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone told KBND News the Commissioners voted to approve the purchase of the Sheriff's office building in Sisters at their 07/24/2019 meeting.