LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish is one of the fastest growing parishes in Louisiana and the addition of a new parish courthouse will keep the pace moving forward.
The new parish courthouse is located behind the Livingston Governmental Building. Parish leaders said it was a $20 million project and was a decade in the making.
Four departments will be housed in the building, including the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, clerk of courts, the district attorney and judges.
Det. Chuck Watts will be working security when the doors open for the first time in a few weeks. At 25 years on the job, he is among the longest serving employees transferring from the old courthouse. He said it was time for a change.
"Oh, absolutely," Watts said. "I can remember when we used to house inmates here. So, we've come a long way."
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said the new building speaks to how fast the parish is growing.
"I think it's the perception that Livingston Parish is growing and prospering and trying to do things right and cohesive together as a team," Ricks explained.
Ricks said court should start in the new building in January 2015.