County security addressed
December 12, 2012
Instead of a sheriff’s deputy stationed in the Butler County commissioners’ office, there will be a roving deputy in the government center. County President Judge Thomas Doerr on Friday amended his Nov. 19 order for added security in the commissioners’ office to allow for the change. 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 require additional staff to assign a deputy for the random patrols. 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 questioned the judge involving himself with the commissioners’ office and vowed to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board.