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New county admin building ‘topped’

The last beam of the new Kitsap County Administration Building was set in place Monday afternoon, after a “topping off” ceremony during which any resident could sign their name on the beam with an indelible marker.

Most of the attendees were county employees and construction workers who worked on the building.

The ceremony was attended by Kitsap County Commissioners Jan Angel Chris Endresen and Patty Lent.

County Assessor Jim Avery and treasurer Barbara Stephenson signed the beam. Also in attendance were newly appointed County Administrator Cris Gears and administrative services director Ben Holland.

A troop of Bremerton scouts also attended, in order to sign their names for posterity. The signatures will not be visible from the outside, but all signers will know they have left their permanent mark.

The building is on schedule for an October occupation.

The commissioners and several departments will move from their current locations, while judicial offices will remain in the older building.

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