Ground breaks for new police station

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Thursday afternoon at 400 E. Avenue A in Sweetwater — the site for the new Sweetwater Police Department. Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda and Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham spoke at the ceremony, saying that the new building has been a long time coming and construction is expected to be finished by December. Shown are Randy Goff, job site superintendent with Ratcliff Construction; Scott Graham, Project Manager with Ratcliff Construction; Jim Wiginton, architect with Wiginton, Hooker Jeffrey Architects; Eddie Brown, Sweetwater City Manager; Greg Wortham, Sweetwater Mayor; Jerod Peek, City Commissioner; Jim McKenzie; City Commissioner; Joe Rogers, 911 Director for West Texas Council of Governments; Larry May, City Commissioner; SGT Matt Counts, Sweetwater Police Department; Chris Botto, Vice President of Ratcliff Construction; Brian Frieda, Sweetwater Chief of Police; and LT Randy Hanes, Sweetwater Police Department.