Davis talks courthouse security


By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



The Scioto County Commissioners and the judges of the Courts of Common Pleas are working on getting increased security into place in the Scioto County Courthouse.

“Security cameras are going in starting Monday,” Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Bryan Davis said. “They will be coming onsite, getting with Phil Lajoye, our maintenance manager to start the process of installing all of those.”

Davis said the commissioners met with both judges from the Courts of Common Pleas as well as judges from Portsmouth Municipal Court on Wednesday.

“We discussed a couple of different things, talking about the jail issue, overcrowding,” Davis said. “That morphed into a lengthy discussion about heroin, and then we discussed security.”

Davis said the judges were helpful and open-minded about the issue.

“We are starting to put together the pieces of a quasi-cooperational (system where the judges and the commissioners are going to work together to man security, monitor security, and it looks like ultimately, the judicial side of our courthouse will be responsible for (that).”

Davis said that plan is “preliminary,” but he likes what he heard at the meeting.

“They are very interested in sharing equipment, which was a big issue,” Davis said. “We will still need to get an X-ray machine. They don’t have an X-ray machine upstairs, but they do have wands, they have magnetometers, and they have expressed their interest in sharing that technology, basically stopping people on the first floor instead of ever allowing them to get to the second floor.”

Davis said he has to look into some ideas that were raised during the meeting and have a conversation with Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini.

“We’re a little bit closer,” Davis said. “I was really pleased with the fact that the judges were so forthcoming with information. We even had Judge (Russell) Kegley and Judge (Steve) Mowery in the room to share their experiences of what they’ve done at Municipal Court. Their input is very beneficial because they’ve been doing this for years.”

Davis said the Common Pleas Court judges also had the opportunity to “vent” some of their problems as a part of the conversation.

By Frank Lewis

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