Knox County officials hope to have a new Courthouse security system in place by late March or early April. The announcement came from the Knox County Commissioners during last night’s session of the Knox County Council.
Commissioners’ president Kellie Streeter made the announcement as part of a request to hire two new merit deputies to handle security duties. The move would require the general public to only enter the Courthouse from the Seventh Street side of the facility. Entrance would also be through an X-ray machine and also walk-through security at the Seventh Street door. The Eighth Street door would be limited to courthouse workers and vendors only. It would be closed to public access.
Knox County Sheriff Doug Vantlin will advertise for the two full-time spots, and train the two new deputies within the next couple of months. Council members approved spending the money for the two new deputies unanimously.