The new Todd County Justice Center is up and running, with only a few bugs to get worked out on the first day.
New bailiffs were in the center helping residents through the metal detectors at the door for the first time in Todd County. Sheriff Joey Johnson and Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin both walked the floors for the first time since it opened to the public and had positive comments about the building.
Todd Circuit Court Clerk Mark Cowherd says the few bugs that had to be worked out was nothing out of the ordinary for new people in new places and says the first day got off to a good start.
Cowherd says it may take some getting used to for the public to have to go through metal detectors each time they come in the door, but the security is state mandated.
The aesthetics of the building were also praised by Cowherd, who praised architect Keith Sharp for his work.
With the addition of the Justice Center, Todd becomes one of few counties in the state with three buildings still open to the public that once served as a courthouse. The Historic Courthouse on the square serves as a welcome center and the Todd County Courthouse still holds all county offices and the Sheriff’s Department in addition to other agencies.