Commission to consider courthouse security change

By Justin Boron

At its meeting today, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners may move to strengthen its authority over courthouse security.

The commission is set to consider a change in the county ordinance that outlines who is responsible for courthouse security.

Currently the ordinance says the sheriff shall be responsible for all security in the courthouse and its annexes. It also stipulates which personnel may enter or exit an secure locations.

The amended ordinance would clarify that the sheriff or any other organization responsible for security would implement rules and regulations as set by the commission.

Sheriff Victor Hill did not return phone calls for this story.

But he has in the past stressed that the sheriff department's power to run the jail, provide court security, and be the chief law enforcer in the county cannot be taken away under the state constitution.