Renville County Considering Single Entry to Courthouse

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(West Central Tribune/Olivia, MN) Whether it’s to meet the county assessor or face the judge, everyone entering the Renville County Courthouse should have to enter through the same doorway and pass through a metal detector staffed by a sheriff’s deputy.

The West Central Tribune reports that’s the recommendation of a Renville County court security working group looking at courthouse security, or what it said is more “aptly described as a lack thereof.”

Susan Stahl, retired court administrator and chairwoman of the working group, presented the recommendations Tuesday to the Renville County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners will decide Aug. 28 whether or not to support the committee’s key recommendation for a single point of entry.

Stahl acknowledged that there is no foolproof security system, but said the committee believes a single point of entry to the entire courthouse offers the best means of providing a safe environment.

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