Event Gallery: Grand Opening of the Ted Spearman Justice Center
On Wednesday November 15, our island community came together to celebrate the grand opening of the Ted Spearman Justice Center – a $20 million facility housing Bainbridge Island’s new police station, municipal court, and emergency operations center.
The project was designed by local architect Matthew Coates, built by Bainbridge’s Clark Construction, and completed on time and on budget through the oversight of a team of city staff led by Public Works Director Chris Wierzbicki.
Located at 8804 Madison Ave N., the building is named after Judge Ted Spearman, a long-time island resident and active community advocate. He was the first black judge appointed to the Kitsap County Superior Court in 2004 and was chair the Washington State Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee, amongst a long list of impressive career accomplishments.
Ted was very involved in our island community – he was a member of the Bainbridge Island Home Rule Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Health, Housing and Human Services Council. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Growth and Prevention Theater Company, (G.A.P) a non-profit corporation which produced plays for families dealing with issues of prejudice, domestic violence, peer pressure and dysfunctional families with the goal of promoting tolerance of differences in our society. He was also a passionate advocate for the live-aboard community in Eagle Harbor.
City Manager Blair King kicked off the celebration followed by remarks from Governor Jay Inslee, City Council members Clarence Moriwaki, Leslie Schneider, and Joe Deets, Police Chief Joe Clark, Emergency Management Coordinator Anne LeSage, with Ted’s daughter Simone Spearman memorably making the closing remarks… “The Spearman family thanks you for deciding to name this justice center after our beloved – Countless people are worthy of remembrance, countless. We feel extremely fortunate and honored that this community has chosen to memorialize his life’s work and his love of Bainbridge in this way.”
The new 18,000 square foot facility at Madison and New Brooklyn houses an Emergency Operations Center, Evidence Room, Soft & Hard Interrogation Rooms, office space, gym, kitchen, Courthouse, 2-storey lobby and welcoming center.
Staff plans on moving into their new offices during December 2023 and January 2024.