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County center to get added security

December 8, 2012 News Extra

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There will be a roving deputy sheriff in the Butler County Government Center beginning Monday.

County President Judge Thomas Doerr on Friday amended his Nov. 19 order for added security in the commissioners’ office to allow for the roving deputy.

Initially he had ordered a deputy to be stationed at the county commissioners offices.

But Doerr amended his order after meeting Friday morning with the county commissioners and the court’s security policy committee.

Following that meeting, all three commissioners asked for the roving deputy rather than having one in the office due to concerns about the cost.

Sheriff Mike Slupe said he won’t need additional staff to assign a deputy to randomly patrol the government center,.

“There will be unannounced spot checks,” he said.

During the meeting between Doerr and the commissioners, the judge said the Nov. 19 order was issued because of Commissioner Jim Eckstein’s conduct.

“Your conduct over time has become more agitated and aggressive to the point where I believe reasonable people around you may feel threatened and that physical confrontation is possible,” Doerr said.

Eckstein disagreed there are any safety issues surrounding him.

“A good, brisk discussion is good for our society,” he said.

Eckstein pointed out he has no criminal record nor owns any firearms.

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