Sandoval County officials ceremonially break ground for the new facility to house the sheriff’s office and emergency operations center Monday morning at the county administrative complex. (Stephen Montoya / Sandoval County)

Sandoval County has ceremonially broken ground on the sheriff’s office/emergency operations building.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Monday morning at the planned site of the facility, on the north side of the county administrative complex near the animal shelter. The two-story, 19,000-square-foot building is expected to take 18 months to finish, including time allotted for supply-chain delays.

Enterprise Builders Corp. is constructing the facility for $9.97 million, according to county information. The money is a combination of local, state and federal funds.

With the new facility, the sheriff’s office will be able to move out of the 13th Judicial District Court building, freeing up space for the new district judge allotted to the county and possibly for Sandoval County Magistrate Court to move into the same courthouse.