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BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it would be up to the Metro Council to decide the location of its headquarters.

EBRSO was slated to move into a facility at the airport in October. Moving day was then pushed to January and has since been undetermined.

Taxpayers paid $160,000 in rent in July for the year, but the building has been empty while the Sheriff's Office makes renovations.

In December, city leaders announced the purchase of the old Woman's Hospital Campus at the corner of Goodwood and Airline Hwy.

The facility would house both the Baton Rouge Police Department and the Sheriff's Office.

Engineers, architects and environmental specialists have been inspecting the campus "to determine if there are any detrimental conditions that may exist that would give us concern about proceeding with the purchase," says William Daniel, EBR Chief Administrative Officer.

At the time city leaders announced the Woman's Hospital deal, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux wouldn't comment on it since he didn't know any details of the acquisition or the facility.

Gautreaux reportedly didn't think too highly of moving into the old Woman's Hospital since he had already gotten the green light from the Metro Council to rent the airport facility, which is across the street from parish prison.

The city-parish signed a five-year contract with the airport for $160,000 a year.

Currently, the Sheriff's Office is headquartered downtown behind the 19th Judicial District Court, and it doesn't pay rent.




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