The City of Opelika would like to invite the public to a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the new Opelika Police Department (OPD) facility on Friday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. at 501 South 10th Street, Opelika. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will join Mayor Gary Fuller and OPD Chief John McEachern to dedicate the new building to the citizens of Opelika. A special thanks to the Opelika Chamber of Commerce for partnering with the city to host this special event.
“The new 37,000 square foot facility will give our officers and staff more room to do their jobs. This has been a long time coming and we are thrilled to finally reveal the new facility to our community. We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction,” says Mayor Gary Fuller.
The new building will provide more storage for the retention of evidence and records, a new patrol room, lockers, a gym and upgraded kennels for our K9 officers. Municipal Court is near completion and will open in several weeks. Court will have their own building, which will add more seating and additional attorney – client room and Judges’ chambers.
Once all employees have moved into the new facility, demolition on the old building will take place. At that point, the new K9 kennels will be built and the parking lot will be paved. At that time, all city council and planning commission meetings will be held at the new facility. The city will announce this to the public once the dates of the meeting location changes are known.
One important note for citizens, police reports and walk-in complaints will be taken at the OPD entrance, while tickets and fines will be paid at the Municipal Court entrance.
Chief John McEachern adds, “My entire staff is grateful to the Mayor and the city council for making this project possible. Without outstanding leadership and support, the city would not be able to realize the much-needed renovations and new construction to keep our city sustainable and progressive.”
The city would also like to extend its appreciation to the construction team who has worked tirelessly to keep this project on budget and on time.
- Robins & Morton – Construction Manager
- Seay, Seay & Litchfield – Architect
- Freeman & Associates (General Works)
- Contractors Steel Supply
- Bradley Heating and Plumbing
- Auburn Electric
For more information, please contact Leigh G. Krehling at 334.705.5136.