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Black mold forces Bloomfield police into city hall

Black mold was found at police headquarters, causing the department to pack up and move to city hall. Black mold was found at police headquarters, causing the department to pack up and move to city hall.
Mayor Donna Medlin gave up her office in city hall and moved the city collector to the library to make room for the police department and city court. Mayor Donna Medlin gave up her office in city hall and moved the city collector to the library to make room for the police department and city court.
Chief Zych says he expects the department to be in city hall for at least three years. Chief Zych says he expects the department to be in city hall for at least three years.
BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) -

The Bloomfield Police Department is locked up.

A little more than a week ago, black mold was found at police headquarters, causing the department to pack up and move to city hall.

As with any move, it hasn't been smooth sailing all the way through, but city officials are working to get the police department moved in.

"Things have not gone as smooth as I would like, getting phones changed and everything else," said Police Chief Tim Zych.  "Of course, that takes time. But we're working on those."

Mayor Donna Medlin gave up her office in city hall and moved the city collector to the library to make room for the police department and city court.

That shrinks the department's space from about 5,000 square feet to about 700 square feet.

But even though the space is small, it's a big improvement over the past week.

"Actually for the past week, we've been operating out of the patrol vehicles. Our computer system, we have a laptop, which allows us to record everything," Zych said.  "Unfortunately, we just can't get into the server to get everything changed over."

Zych says the department will be settled in by the end of the week, and at no time has safety been compromised.

The Stoddard County Sheriff's Department has volunteered use of its interview rooms while the department is in city hall.

While that is a big help, Zych says sharing the new space does present problems.

"Being by ourselves as a law enforcement agency, we're able to talk a lot more and a lot more open," he said.  "As you can see with our new facility and our new offices, that's a little bit of a challenge."

But it's not all bad news for the city.

Medlin says the move could save Bloomfield some much needed cash.

"The older building that we have there, it runs $800 to $1,000 per month for the upkeep," she said. "And we had sort of discussed before doing something. We just looked at the positive. We just decided to go ahead and make the move."

Chief Zych says he expects the department to be in city hall for at least three years.

The mold problem has also brought up the possibility of building a new police department.

Mayor Medlin says that will be one of several options discussed at Monday night's board of alderman meeting.

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