It’s been about a month since Leavenworth County departments that provide services related to emergency management and juvenile offenders were consolidated with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s been about a month since Leavenworth County departments that provide services related to emergency management and juvenile offenders were consolidated with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.

And Sheriff Andy Dedeke said the transition has been mostly smooth.

“There’s some growing pains,” he said.

He likened the changes to a large business purchasing a smaller company.

Leavenworth County Emergency Management and the Department of Juvenile Services officially became part of the Sheriff’s Office at the beginning of March.

Juvenile Services, which includes the Juvenile Detention Center, and Emergency Management now operate as divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.

“They are stand-alone divisions,” Dedeke said.

The change came after County Administrator Mark Loughry discussed the possible consolidation of some of the county government’s multiple departments with county commissioners. Loughry said county officials are trying to make the government more efficient.

Dedeke said Loughry first broached the idea with him several months ago.

Dedeke said he believes “there will be some efficiencies gained and hopefully some cost savings” as a result of the consolidation.

He said the consolidation will give county employees a greater opportunity for advancement. He said an employee at the Juvenile Detention Center, for example, may be able to transfer to the Leavenworth County Jail, which is operated by the Sheriff’s Office.

Dedeke said, for now, there probably will be very little in the way of changes to the structure of the departments that have been consolidated. Dedeke acknowledged that at some point redundant positions may be eliminated, but he hopes employees in those positions can be placed in other positions.

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