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The $19.3 million Combined Law Enforcement Facility (CLEF), a joint project between the City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County, will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, June 24.
“The collaborative efforts by the city, county, contractors and owners rep, have resulted in a state-of-the-art facility that will serve our citizens for decades to come,” commented City Council President Pro-Tem, Kathi Meyer. “Better yet, the project is on budget, on time and a shining example of positive partnership between local governments and a new era for public safety in the valley.”
The multi-million-dollar project is funded jointly between the two government agencies, with the city picking up 60% and the county covering 40% of the CLEF facility. In addition, the county is responsible for the cost of the new communications center located in a bright new space on the second floor. On top of the joint funding, a $1 million state grant was awarded to the project from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).
“It’s been a long process from start to finish, but I truly believe the results will speak for themselves,” stated Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan. “By combining two public safety facilities together, we saved a significant amount of money while maximizing law enforcement services across the community. Routt County was able to take advantage of this opportunity to expand the project to include a new state-of-the-art E911 Emergency Communications Center that would have cost much more to build as a stand-alone facility.”
The new headquarters for the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Routt County Sheriff’s Office and the Routt County Communications Center covers 26,908-square-feet of indoor office space and comes to life a little over 13 months after ground breaking ceremonies held on May 25, 2018.
The finished facility is a result of years of discussion, planning and design flowing initially from a dedicated citizens committee to numerous companies such as Steamboat Architectural Associates, Calcon Constructors, NV5 and many sub-contractors from the Northwest Colorado region.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department and Routt County Sheriff’s Office are completing their move into the building this week and the new facility will officially open for business next Monday. Contractors will shift their efforts to remodeling the former RCSO space, which will house the Evidence Departments for both agencies when complete.
A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for Friday, July 19 from 10-11am. Immediately following the opening ceremony, the community will be able to take part in guided tours of the facility from 11am to 4pm as well as take in the new community room, open to local groups to hold meetings and events.
ContactKathi Meyer, President Pro Tem, Steamboat Springs City Council, 970.819.4198 or emailTim Corrigan, Chair Pro Tem, Commissioner-District I, Routt County, 970.879.0108 or emailCory Christensen, Chief, Steamboat Springs Police, 970.879.4344 or emailGarrett Wiggins, Sheriff, Routt County, 970.879.1090 or email