The Burleigh-Morton joint detention center construction is complete. It ended with a ceremonial ribbon cutting this afternoon.
The ceremony was led by Burleigh County sheriff Pat Heinert with many other law enforcement agencies in attendance.It took 7 years for this facility to become reality – 2 of those years for construction. It will hold triple what both counties originally had combined. Employees from both Burleigh and Morton made the transition over, but the jail is still short-staffed.
“We’re a little weak yet, so, we’re going to open probably with three pods. But I think we can get by with that for a period of time. We’ve had people we hired the last two weeks and we’re going to be doing interviews again next week and the week after. So, we’ll be bringing in another crew within the next 3 to 5 weeks,” said Sheriff Heinert.
The law enforcement officers won’t have too much of a transportation change.
Sheriff Heinert says the detention center is expected to be fully operational by the middle of June.