Courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

Douglas County has broken ground on a new long-awaited jail and sheriff’s office in Ava.

Sheriff Chris DeGase told KY3 “I’m speechless. I look at the picture on the board behind me and all I can do is smile. I’m looking so forward to getting into it and for my staff to have a nice facility to operate out of.”

Voters made the new $5.5 million facility a reality in November by approving a half-cent sales tax increase by a three to one margin.

The Ava Industrial Corporation sold the six acres of land where the new jail will be housed for just $1.

The current jail, which dates back to the early 1960’s, has 26 beds.

The new lockup will double the number of beds and have room for a 20 bed expansion.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center is expected to be ready to open in early 2020.

Courtesy Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Douglas County Jail Groundbreaking

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