County Board to Give Trial Run to New Security Procedure
Leaders from Portage County say they will unveil new security procedures this month.
The county’s Executive/Operations Committee on Wednesday decided to implement new precautions for the December 16 County Board meeting, which will require attendees to walk through the courthouse metal detector.
Chief Deputy Dan Kontos from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office said the new procedure isn’t intended to make people uncomfortable, but some on the committee were concerned about potential safety risks during board meetings for both themselves and the public.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Kontos said of the new security procedure. “But I don’t anticipate any problems.”
The idea was presented to the committee by Board Supervisor Don Butkowski, who said he was “unaware” of any security issues at previous County Board meetings, but said the new measure was a proactive move to keep County Board Members and the public safe.