County officials want the public to be prepared for security changes taking place at the courthouse.
These changes are being required by the Warren County grand jury, Judge Bill Locke and Judge Bart Stanley.
No date has been set stating when these safety measures must be implemented. However, officials are asking the public to be prepared when the changes do occur.
A full-body scanner is in place and is being wired-in.
Sheriff Jackie Matheny has hired Herb Rowland to work as a security officer at the courthouse. Matheny is in the process of hiring two more courthouse security positions.
Among other changes are:
• All women must leave purses, carrying cases, etc., in their vehicles. This includes women heading to Circuit Court Clerk Bernie Morris’ office to pay bills. Women must come to the courthouse prepared with a check or the appropriate amount of cash before entering the courthouse.
• All men must leave briefcases, carrying cases, etc., in their vehicles.
• No cellphones will be permitted in the courthouse.
• No pocket knives will be permitted in the courthouse.
• Attorneys may come to the front of the line to pass through security.
• Attorneys will be permitted to bring briefcases and carrying cases into the courthouse.
• Rear doors of the courthouse will remain locked.
• Side doors of the courthouse will be accessible by key only for entrance and exit of inmates.
• One rear door (facing Central Church of Christ) will have a key swipe for entrance of courthouse employees only.