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Wake County Begins Move Into Brand New Justice Center

Wake County Justice Center

Many Wake County employees are moving into a new downtown justice center this week.

County officials have invested three years of construction and $184 million in their new government headquarters.  Office workers have begun setting up in the facility.  The county's Register of Deeds will the first to open its doors Wednesday.

Wake County Manager David Cooke says the building is part of a long-term facilities plan. He says new jail facilities that were built solved only part of the problem.

"We had to wrestle with the space both for office space and for courtrooms so we decided that we needed a new courthouse or an additional courthouse," Cooke says.  

"So we built this building with about a 30-year horizon so we want to make sure that we take care of needs not just now but 10, 20, 30 years into the future."

Cooke says the new center won't replace the old highrise courthouse. That building will be mostly for family and civil court while criminal court and county government will move to the new building.  The grand opening will be July 1.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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