Livingston, April 20, 2011: Polk County Sheriff, Kenneth Hammack addresses an audience during the morning ceremony of the cornerstone leveling with the Masonic Lodge.
Sheriff Hammack Cuts Ribbon on New Facility, LIVINGSTON, April 21, 2011 - After delivering a short speech to attendees and dignitaries, Polk County Sheriff, Kenneth Hammack, the Chamber of Commerce, and everyone else stepped out front at the entrance of the new Polk County Sheriff's Office and Jail where the official ribbon cutting ceremony took place. Sheriff Hammack himself did the honors and snipped the ceremonial ribbon amidst fanfare and pomp. The public streamed in and out of the new facility throughout the day as self guided tours were allowed and common folks could get a rare look inside the actual jail facilities for and unprecedented view.
The new 85,000 square foot facility is vast with long corridors, a large commercial kitchen with all the equipment necessary for cooking large amounts of food and is complete with a walk in cooler, walk in freezer, and a dish washing machine that would accommodate any large restaurant. There's also two large covered outdoor recreational areas with natural lighting. There's also the all new dispatch center, and the all new jail control center. According to Hammack, the new facility has Polk County ready to go well into the future and can accommodate jail needs for Polk County for years to come.
Hammack Took His Sheriff Job Seriously... After a long distinguished career with the Texas Department of Public Safety where Hammack served as a Trooper for years, and later Texas Ranger, Sheriff Hammack retired and then decided to run for Polk County Sheriff. It's safe to say that Hammack took the Sheriff job seriously and didn't get elected Sheriff just to stay active in his retirement years. The new state-of-the-art facility puts and exclamation point on his legacy in law enforcement in Polk County and will be felt for many years. In case you didn't make it, we took some great pictures for your viewing pleasure.