Visitors at the Houston County administration building will now be greeted by a sheriff’s deputy performing security checks to prevent weapons from entering the building.
For years, Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza has requested a deputy be placed inside the administration building as an extra form of security for county employees and residents who enter the building. Funds for the position were included this year’s budget.
Residents armed with a weapon entering the building will be instructed to return the weapons to their vehicle before conducting business.
The added security is required by the state since the building is a courthouse annex.