MOUNT VERNON — Improving employee and building security was the topic of discussion when the Knox County Board of Commissioners met Monday morning with Emily Marth, director of safety/loss control, and Mark Maxwell, emergency management director.
Marth shared information from a proposal received from SimplexGrinnell, suppliers of security system equipment and service who currently provide fire and security monitoring service for the Knox County Service Center. Maxwell described the options being explored as “enhanced security.”
Options of hard-wiring as well as wireless security systems were discussed. Individual rooms, desks, hallways, intercom and telephone options were in the mix.
“We’ve had multiple conversations already, but we just want to be responsive and make sure we are doing what we have to do to protect our people,” said Marth.
In relating any safety measures to the county employees, “We need to let them know that the county is working to improve building security, and they’ll be seeing some changes in some policies,” said Maxwell. “It’s just sort of a heads up to make them aware of what’s coming down the road.”
An annual meeting takes place each year with the Knox County Jobs & Family Services department. The topic of this year’s upcoming meeting will be building security, and Marth plans to address this topic with those present. “Will we use all this? We hope not,” said Marth. “But in the event it’s needed, we need to have it available.”
“We don’t want to drop the ball on this. We need to keep moving forward,” said Commissioner Teresa Bemiller.
Marth told the commissioners she will be seeking more information on wireless options and will report back to them. “We just need to make some decisions ... what kind of policy will be put in place and getting the people trained,” she said. “Other counties are talking about this. It must be a hot issue.”
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