The King County Sheriff’s Precincts located in Maple Valley and Kenmore will be closing their doors to the public starting Monday, December 5th. These precincts will be combined with other facilities in the next few weeks.
The closure is part of an effort by the Sheriff’s Office to save money and move deputies closer to the citizens and communities they serve. The Sheriff estimates that the moves will save King County taxpayers more than $8 million over the next 20 years by closing these facilities.
“We are saving money, strengthening our relationships with our contract city partners, and improving our access and visibility for the benefit of the citizens of King County,” noted Sheriff Rahr.
The Maple Valley Precinct will be combined with the City of Covington and is expected to be open by January 1. The Kenmore Precinct will move to Sammamish City Hall and will be open by February 1.
Services that have traditionally been provided to the public at the precincts such as concealed pistol licenses (CPL) and fingerprinting will be temporarily available at other locations until the moves are complete. The Sheriff’s Office wants to let the public know which facilities will provide these services in the interim.
Members of the public should call and make an appointment first. Anyone who uses the Kenmore Precinct may go to the Shoreline Precinct for fingerprinting and concealed pistol licenses. Shoreline provides these services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. The Shoreline Station is located at 1206 N. 185 St. Appointments may made by calling (206) 801-2710.
The downtown Sheriff’s Office located at the King County Courthouse also provides fingerprinting and concealed pistol licenses on a walk-in basis. The address is 516 3rd Ave. Suite 150 located on the first floor of the courthouse.
For more help or information, call (206) 296-4155 or visit the Sheriff’s Office website at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff.aspx.