Purcellville Chief Cynthia McAlister

Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister.

The Purcellville Police Department’s five-year lease extension at the current headquarters on Hirst Road was approved by the town council at a recent work session meeting by a 6-1 vote. Councilman Stanley Milan voted against the motion.

The terms of the lease begin May 1, 2021 and end April 30, 2026, with a total budget of $1.5 million, which totals $666,662.64 in rent over the next 5 years, leaving approximately $833,000 for building improvements, according to a staff report.

At the October 27, 2020 meeting, the town council authorized staff to negotiate a lease for the 6,300-square-foot space with 26 parking spaces.

Town Manager David Mekarski has said safety improvements are needed in the current location, including the remodeling of an interrogation room, and creating a safer lobby.

The town is currently spending $9,700 a month to lease 4,300 square feet.

Regarding town council members’ concerns about spending $800,000 to upgrade a space the town is renting, Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister assured the council they would be frugal with the spending.

“The police department needs a place to go, so I think this is the place we need to be,” said McAlister.

“We are going to manage this build-out the most frugal way we can,” she said. “I think we can minimize the spending. Have the trust in us that we will do that, but we do need a home.”

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