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Arapahoe County May Rename Jail After Sheriff Arrest

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Pat Sullivan in court on Dec. 5, 2011. (credit: CBS)

Pat Sullivan in court on Dec. 5, 2011. (credit: CBS)

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Written by Brian Maass

DENVER (CBS4) – Arapahoe County commissioners plan to review the way they name county buildings, and will consider prohibiting the naming of county-owned facilities after people who are alive following the arrest of former Sheriff Pat Sullivan.

Arapahoe County’s jail is named after Sullivan, who was arrested last week and accused of trying to trade methamphetamine for sex with a young man.

“Given the recent events, the commissioners owe it to our citizens to revisit past practices for naming county buildings,” said Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld.

The county says community members have expressed concerns over the last week. A meeting is been scheduled for some time in January.

The county will consider a new policy prohibiting naming facilities, parks and streets after any person who is still living.

The jail was named the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Center when Sullivan retired as sheriff.

A study session on the proposed building naming policy will be held in January 2012.

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