Supervisors hold closed meeting on courthouse security

The Marshall County Supervisors held a closed session meeting Tuesday to talk about courthouse security, evacuation procedures if there was a tornado or bomb threat and also a response if there was an active shooter in the courthouse.

Supervisors Chair Dave Thompson said the meeting was closed due to the nature of what was discussed and to ensure the safety of those in the courthouse in an emergency situation.

“We don’t want people to know what we are going to do and where we are going to go,” Thompson said.

While some of the plans, like the tornado evacuation procedures were approved as is, other security plans will be a work in progress with discussion ongoing.

“We are working on a plan to increase courthouse security and we have been working on our security for a period of time,” Thompson said.

Courthouse security has been readdressed by many counties in the state after a gun incident in the Madison County Courthouse in Winterset recently.

The county is also looking at ways to update its emergency notification system, Thompson said.

The closed meeting was attended by the three supervisors, Sheriff Ted Kamatchus and staff from the county information technology department.