"It's a humbling
experience to work here everyday and walk these halls. It keeps me grounded in my purpose and my
mission to provide good, fair, and forthright government to the people of
In the early 1920's the
courthouse underwent some major renovations.
Courtroom number one was added.
The 500 seat, two story courtrooms featured auditorium style
seating. 85 years later, it's still one
of the ten largest courtrooms in the country.
"The courthouse I believe is very symbolic of the sacrifices and hard work of the men and women who not only founded the county, but those who work hard to sustain it today," Stevens said.
courthouse included another round of renovations. In 1992 commissioners decided to restore to
112 year old main entrance. In addition
to improving the appearance, they needed to make it handicapped
accessible. That included adding
automated front doors and heated ramps leading to the entrance. But the final price tag came in at ten times
more than expected. President Judge Gerard
Long came up with a simple solution. He
proposed using inmates at the county prison to do the work. The prison labor idea was adopted, and the
county saved millions of dollars. The
hard work of those inmates and countless others is still evident today.
"The building is a treasure. I would encourage anyone coming to visit to come and experience it for themselves, it's awesome," Stevens said.