OAKHURST – The Sheriff’s Substation in Oakhurst is now home to a satellite office of the Madera County District Attorney’s Office.
At 4 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6, District Attorney David Linn made it official by cutting the ribbon on the new Mountain Division at 48267 Liberty Drive, where the D.A. will share space with the Probation Department.
“It’s so important that we get people like an investigator, a deputy district attorney and myself occasionally up here on site,” said Linn, who sees speeding up the legal process as a top priority.
“Now this lieutenant is going to be able to send somebody across the street, and we can put paperwork in the electronic transmitter and have it in our office in a matter of seconds,” said Linn. “So a lot of those delays that are keeping the bad guys on the streets will be eliminated.”
Investigator David Engstrom will be available at the office Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Deputy District Attorney Ashley Allred will be assigned there two days a week, in addition to her duties at the Bass Lake Courthouse.
“I will occassionally be coming by the office so I can meet with witnesses and victims, and any of the criminals that want to come in,” said Linn, who credited the people in the Probation Department for making the transition very smooth.
“We already have the IT in place, so the only thing we had to pay for is the little sign on the door,” said Linn. “Very few tax dollars were involved. As the population of Madera County continues to move up Highway 41, we’re going to need more of a presence here – more District Attorney presence, more Sheriff and more Highway Patrol.”
The office is now open for business and the phone number is 559-683-3300.