Groundbreaking ceremony held for new Paoli Police Department

PAOLI – A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday for a new Paoli Police Department building.

Special guests included Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and multiple state representatives.

Left to right Representative J. Davisson, Chief Randy Sanders, Rep. Chris May, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Councilman Danny Hickman, Rep. Stephen Bartels

Councilman Danny Hickman, Lt. Gov. Crouch, and Chief Randy Sanders raised the first shovels from the plot of land slated for the new police station. The location is situated just west of the current Paoli Fire Department. The property was once owned by the Cornwell Company, a furniture manufacturer and prominent employer in the area. After a devastating fire destroyed most of the building, the factory shut down in 1976 and the land has lain dormant ever since. Just as the fire department rejuvenated their piece of the old Cornwell property, Paoli Police Department’s new facility will bring this historical ground back to life.

From left to right, our Paoli officers: Reserve Officer Brandon Johnson, Assistant Chief Brian Wolfe, Officer Zach Cook, Officer Caleb Andry, Officer Chris Cook, Detective Dylan McClintock, Sergeant Doug Soltwedel

According to Chief Sanders, the facility will incorporate design elements from the fire station so that each building will complement the other and form a public safety campus easily accessible by the citizens of Paoli. Included in the new plan will be a training room that will be used for CPR certifications, firearms safety, and defensive tactics courses available to the public.

Rendering of the new building.

The more central location will also allow for quicker response times and a more visible presence in town added Chief Sanders.

State Rep. Stephen Bartels

During the ceremony, remarks were made by both Councilman Hickman and Lieutenant Governor Crouch, as well as Greg Martz, the lead developer from GM Development, who has done the building design. Three state representatives also attended Stephen Bartels (House District 74), J. Davisson (House District 73), and Chris May (House District 65). T

Chief Sanders says the building should be completed in a year and a grand opening ribbon cutting will be held to celebrate.

Representative Bartels said, “We’re all looking forward to the guns and hoses, barbecues, and chili suppers.”