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County may add 2nd court security officer

February 15, 2012

Judge Frederick A. Schurger

    Judge Frederick A. Schurger met with Adams County Council Tuesday to address the ongoing problems with security in both the circuit court and superior court locations.
    Schurger, the circuit court judge, said one of the court's primary needs is for a second security officer so that each court has an officer dedicated to only one building.
    Currently, security officer John Whitright provides security for both the circuit and superior courts.
    Schurger reported that he asked Whitright to do a security analysis of both buildings.
    Among the security concerns, Schurger said Whitright reported a need for a security window at the front desk in both courts, as well as electronic locks installed on the doors to the office area.
    Whitright also noted that in the superior court building the windows throughout the building should be bricked-up to a height of eight feet, according to Schurger.
    Schurger said Whitright suggested a hallway be built surrounding the judge's chambers, allowing only a private, secure entrance from chambers to the court room.
    Council members voted to make a recommendation to the Adams County Commissioners to begin the process of hiring an additional security officer.
    As for the other security issues raised, council members talked once again about the need for a new court building to house both circuit and superior courts, but as in previous discussions, no decisions were made.

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