County supervisors Tuesday voted to spend up to $85,000 to improve courthouse security.
“What I’m here to request are the big dollars for key card access,” said Berthan DeNero, human resources director for the county and chair of the courthouse security committee.
Efforts to increase courtroom security measures started in June with a potential overall cost of $200,000.
Besides the key card access on courtroom doors, Phase II (a) will address low-cost issues such as training employees about the importance of wearing their security badge and cash handling, and adding lockers in the Payson courthouse and panic bars on doors in the Globe courthouse.
Supervisor Michael Pastor applauded the continued progress on security issues, and told a story of a recent security incident in their chambers.
After jury selection had ended for the day, Supervisor Dawson and Pastor walked into their meeting room to find a member of the public loitering about. When asked what he needed, the man replied he was simply “checking things out.”
“I wasn’t nervous, just concerned,” said Pastor.
He went on to request that employees remember to wear their ID tags.