WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners has approved remodeling a portion of the Walla Walla County Courthouse to allow the county elections department to be close to the county auditor’s office.
Since 2016, the elections department has been located on West Poplar Street, and not with the auditor’s office, which is located in the courthouse on West Main Street.
Commissioner Greg Tompkins told KTEL News Tuesday that the area in the courthouse that will be remodeled is where the board of commissioners used to meet before they moved to their current location across from the courthouse.
“There’s some space there that Karen Martin, the county auditor, has been after for years to remodel into a new elections department,” Tompkins said.
He said it makes sense to get the elections department closer to the offices of the county auditor and have staff in closer proximity to Martin’s office. Walla Walla-based S&K Mountain Construction has been awarded the $139,302 contract and Tompkins said work will begin soon.
“It’s not a major remodel, but it’s sizeable,” Tompkins said. “It’s going to be noisy, so they’re working out ways to get in there before the courthouse opens.”
Martin said she’s looking forward to having the elections department in the new courthouse location.