Stephens Co. Government Building Back Open Today

The Stephens County Government Building is back open this morning after being closed Tuesday.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that the cause for the closure was a water leak and the corresponding damage.

“Some of the pipes that are hooked into the air conditioner between the second and third floors burst and flooded my Chief Deputy’s office, destroying a lot of his files, his computer, and printer, and it also leaked into the bathrooms through the ceiling tile,” said Shirley.

Shirley said other areas of the building also suffered some water damage.

The closure Tuesday forced a number of moves for county business.

An ongoing trial was moved from the GovernmentBuilding to the historic courthouse courtroom.

That move forced county commissioners to move their Tuesday morning meeting to the office of the Stephens County Development Authority.

Stephens County Commission Chairman Stanley London said the commission appreciates the Development Authority providing their conference room for the county commission to hold its meeting on short notice.