After being pushed back several times, the new Todd County Justice Center will open sometime this summer, meaning a significantly greater security presence will be required in a much larger building.
Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson addressed the matter at this morning’s Todd Fiscal Court meeting, saying part-time bailiffs will soon need to be hired—which is a long tedious process including lie detector tests and criminal background checks.
Sheriff Johnson says up to seven deputies will eventually be needed in the justice center, though the county could choose to go with a mixture of bailiffs and security guards. Security guards do not have the authority to arrest and would have to wait for a bailiff or sheriff’s deputy to arrive if there were to be an emergency, while Bailiffs have the same authority as a deputy.
Todd County Attorney Mac Johns says there are good points to be made on both sides of whether to hire bailiffs or security guards, but the ultimate goal is for the center to be as safe as possible.
The court took no action, but was receptive to making a budget transfer in the near future to pay for the training for three bailiffs before the county establishes a new and separate fund for all things relating to the new justice center on West Main Street.
In other action, Todd County Treasurer Tammy Robertson and Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield agreed the county is in good shape financially at this point in the year, with most items at or near where the budget said they would be.