The walk-through metal detectors stationed on the third floor of the Ottawa County Courthouse could be moved to the main floor as one measure to tighten security.
The suggestion, which was brought up during a recent elected officials meeting, is under review along with other possibilities, county commissioner Jodi Regal said.
A survey of safety concerns of all county workers is currently being taken by a subcommittee of the courthouse security committee.
Subcommittee members - Sheriff Steve Levorchick and Building and Grounds Supervisor Jim Adkins - are stopping by all county offices to see what worries employees have and to compile a list of options that might be used to combat the issues, Regal said.
Heightened security is on the minds of many after a number of recent incidents, Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said.
The killings of a Colorado warden prison; a Texas district attorney and his wife and an assistant prosecutor in his Kaufman County office already had government offices on edge earlier this year.
Then the Boston Marathon bombings renewed fears that surged in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands.
Closer to home, the Ottawa County Job and Family Services office received two threatening calls in the past month and a fired factory worker was arrested at a plant near the Community Resource Center on State Route 163 after he returned to the site with weapons, Mulligan said.
Still others in the community are reeling from the deadly domestic dispute last month. A former county worker remains hospitalized in Toledo after he allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife at her sister’s home in Carroll Township home. He shot himself twice in the head but lived.
Relocation of the metal detectors at the main doors is a safeguard suggestion many seem to believe may deter problems, Regal said.
The two metals detectors were installed several years ago on the third floor of the courthouse. One sits at the entrance to the courtroom, judge’s office and probation department. The other leads to the county clerk’s office, juvenile court, annex courtrooms and the sheriff’s office.
They were installed through a partnership with the common pleas court and the Ohio Supreme Court, Mulligan said. The higher court, the prosecutor explained, maintains a commitment to court security.
Maintaining that security is one of the considerations that will be reviewed with others including Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters, said the prosecutor.