Red Willow County Law Enforcement Center


Location - McCook, NE
Size/Capacity - 16,563 sq. ft.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for a job well done.  Having been the architectural firm for our Law Enforcement Center project I experienced your company and employees do an outstanding job.”

Gene Mahon, Sheriff

Project Info

Client - Red Willow County Board of Commissioners
Category - Government | Justice

Having closed their 1920s-era jail in the early 1980s when Nebraska Jail Standards went into effect, Red Willow County began thirty years of transporting and housing all County inmates to out-of-county jails.  All of the associated costs were borne by their taxpayers.  In 2011, the County selected Prochaska & Associates to develop a comprehensive Feasibility Study to identify the best option for resolving their costly “board and transport” dilemma.  This study recommended that the County build a 36-bed Law Enforcement Center, which the County Commissioners chose to finance using the 5.2 cent levy (“nickel tax”) permitted by Nebraska Statute.  Construction of their new fully code-compliant Jail and Sheriff’s Office facility adjacent to the County’s historic Courthouse was completed in 2014, ending the decades-long drain of County taxpayer money to other counties.