The police department is using one of the building’s two interview rooms as storage space after expanding its dispatch center.
The police headquarters, which are attached to the city building on Main Street, is land locked and parking is scarce, according to Buchanan.
He said there could be cost savings by co-locating at another location, which would free up the current space for other city departments that are also tight on space.
"The advantages of a combined facility are we can share things," he said. "The communications center services both the fire and police, so a combined building would help with that. We can share administrative staff — such as the administrative assistants — and combine some of those duties and also looking at training rooms and physical fitness facilities, consolidating those into one location."
Both chiefs said cost is going to be a factor in driving the ultimate decision, and financing will need to be worked out.
The study is expected to take three to four months to complete, according to Buchanan.