“We know the costs are not cheap … and I know it is a hard decision for you guys to make,” Duchak said.
One option included using all part time deputies and the other using two full time deputies, two part time deputies and private security staffing. In this scenario, the security employee would not be armed.
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Each checkpoint would have two employees.
“It was Sheriff Cox’s position and my position that the buildings should be locked down,” Duchak said of discussions he held with former Sheriff Charles Cox when Duchak was chief deputy the past few years.
The office has two walk through metal detectors that would need recalibrated when moved. Duchak said he would not recommend having X-ray machines. Those entering the building would have bags searched by hand and would walk through the metal detector.
Commission President Jack Evans said the numbers and information provided was “a place to start.” He said it was unfortunate the county’s courts are not all located in one building. The municipal court is in the Courthouse while the Safety Building, located across a small plaza from the Courthouse, houses juvenile/probate and common pleas courts.
Commissioner Greg Simmons asked Duchak if he had any numbers on costs to other area counties and how their security is set up. That information could be collected by the committee, Duchak said.
Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said he would like to hear more detail on the proposal, adding “These are rudimentary numbers.”