Orange County Insight June 2022

Public Safety Building Open House Event Welcomes Residents for Tours, Information, and Lunch

By: Orange County Communications Department

Orange County ’ s Public Safety Building is designed to serve residents around the clock, sending support when help is needed during emergencies. However, for a few hours on May 24, the building served in a new way, inviting residents inside to learn more about the staff housed onsite and to enjoy a free hotdog lunch! Despite rainy weather conditions, dozens of folks ventured out to receive a behind - the - scenes tour guided by public safety personnel. Since construction began, residents have been curious about the facility, which offers new and award - winning (see next page) capabilities. With that in mind, staff organized the open house event with the intent of

County Administrator T. Voorhees and Deputy County Administrator G. Bradley (pictured) served as grill masters for the event.

highlighting the great folks who work there. Guided tours left approximately every half hour, beginning with the Sheriff ’ s Office (led by Sheriff Mark Amos), followed by the Emergency Communications Center (led by

Emergency Communications Director Chris Cord), continuing through Information Technology (led by IT Director Larry Clement), and finishing in the Fire & EMS Department (led by Asst. Chief / Fire Marshall Mike Throckmorton).

While awaiting a tour, visitors were able to talk with staff at informational booths set up in the rotunda. Tables included representatives from Communications, the Litter Control Committee, Triad, Emergency Communications, the Office on Youth, the Extension Office, the Animal Shelter, the Library, Social Services, and Parks & Recreation. This exhibition provided a valuable opportunity for staff to discuss upcoming programs and services, and for residents to share their ideas. A slideshow ran continuously in the Board of Supervisors ’ meeting room featuring pictures of the Public Safety Building from the beginning of construction to the ribbon cutting on December 21, 2021. Orange County staff help prepare the Public Safety Building for visitors. Pictured L to R: J. Lohr, J. Walker, C. Hawkins

Lunch was provided for all open house guests courtesy of our grill masters, County Administrator Theodore “ Ted ” Voorhees and Deputy County Administrator Glenda Bradley. Along with a hotdog, lunch included chips, a cookie, and a drink. Participants remarked that it was great to get the opportunity to see how Orange County ’ s public safety agencies operate, and staff were excited to share the new facility with the public.

Sheriff Amos collects visitors to begin a tour.

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