The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors met in a regular session on Monday morning where Courthouse security and a new position strictly pertaining to that was the topic of discussion. Recently Judge Myron Gookin informed the Board that he felt the need for a uniformed presence inside of the Courtroom for high tension scenarios such as evictions or family and juvenile law cases.
The position is only required for approximately 15 hours per week, with the remainder of the job yet to be determined by the board. Sheriff Bart Richmond told the board that his department currently performs these duties and can continue to meet that demand or request. The Board could consider using a member of the Sheriff’s office for the position at $53,000 per year, which could leave an opening on the the Sheriff’s office.
The Board said they would consider terminating the RUSS Nuisance property contract to offset the cost. Richmond added that locks, alarm and camera systems have all been upgraded and that he is NOT on board with consideration of the position.
KMCD/Classic 96 News spoke Supervisor Suzie Drish via phone following the meeting who told us that the issue was brought forward by County Attorney Chauncey Moulding.
Board member Dee Sandquist also spoke of the rising insurance costs for the County following last year’s storms. By not adding a part time position at $53,000 those funds could in turn be used for the rise in insurance costs.