Dorchester Sheriff’s Office opens Vienna substation
VIENNA — The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the opening of its new substation in Vienna on Friday, April 1.
Despite the rain, many people turned out for the ribbon-cutting. The abandoned building on Market Street was donated to the town.
The project was completed in partnership with the town of Vienna, Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses. Businesses and individuals donated about $15,000.
“No taxpayer dollars went into this building to establish the substation,” said Mayor of Vienna Russell Brinsfield.
Brinsfield and the Vienna Town Council appointed a committee to fundraise for the project and coordinate the building renovations. Justin Hoffman of Hoffman Irrigation chaired the committee.
“Bill Larimore came up with this idea and brought it forth to the town. Our town commissioners voted on it and decided to move forward,” Hoffman said. “This is a small town. We don’t have a huge amount of tax money that goes into the town. We had to raise all the funds for the project. The community stepped up.”
S&K Roofing repaired the roof, Koski Electric donated installation ser vices, and students from the Dorchester Career and Technology Center helped with installing doors. Many others also volunteered to help the project along.
“We worked really hard to keep the character of the building alive in here without taking too much away from how the work needs to be done,” said Hoffman.
Sheriff James Phillips praised the committee for its efforts.
“They’re way too modest for what they’ve accomplished here. It just goes to show you the synergy that can be generated when people work together and cooperate to get something accomplished,” said Phillips. “... Instead of everything going to Cambridge all the time, we can keep (officers) in their patrol areas. We’re going to keep mileage down and burn less gas because we’re out in the county. It’s the epitome of community policing when we can have a substation in a small town like this. It’s so generous it’s just incomprehensible.”
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the opening of their new substation in Vienna with a ribbon cutting event on Friday, April 1. The event was attended by many local business leaders, local government officials, and county citizens.
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the opening of their new substation in Vienna with a ribbon cutting event on Friday, April 1. Some local leaders posed for a second group photo. Jennifer Layton, County Councilman Tom Bradshaw, Vienna Mayor Russell Brinsfield, Sheriff James Phillips, County Councilman Don Satterfield, State’s Attorney William Jones, Substation Committee Chairman Justin Hoffman, County Manager Jeremy Goldman, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Christopher.