At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, Commissioner Jack Russell cut the ribbon and opened the new government building at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.

“Dedicating this new building is a very humbling experience simply because it is a reminder that we’re all just passing through here and to make everyday count,” stated Russell in a prepared statement.

County administrator, John Savich indicated that the new building was long overdue. “It is a beautiful space, larger and came in on time, and within the budget.”

George Erichsen, St. Mary’s County director of public works stated, “The building has a lot of ergonomic features and some green building practices went into the construction.”

The $3 million building contains ample handicapped parking spaces in front of the commissioners hearing room, is equipped with hearing-impaired equipment easily accessible in meeting rooms.

In addition to a new meeting room outfitted with state of the art audio-visual equipment and wireless internet access and twice the space of the former Room 14 meeting room, the new building will also house offices for the County Commissioners, County Administrator and staff, the Finance Department and the Legal Department.

The building, constructed by the Blazer Construction, is designed to handle increased governmental needs for years to come. “The building should last beyond its planned 20 year usage,” said Erichsen.

After dedicating the building and thanking the dignitaries, the ribbon was cut and the commissioners treated guests to coffee and doughnuts before the very first commissioners meeting in the new government building.

The current GovernmentalCenter, now known as the PotomacBuilding, will continue to house the Department of Economic and Community Development, Human Resources Department, Information Technology Department, Public Information Office, and the new Department of Human Services.