Officials weigh increased security at Jefferson City Hall, municipal court

Signs outlining proper courtroom dress and decorum greet those who attend Municipal Court held in the Jefferson City Council chambers.

Signs outlining proper courtroom dress and decorum greet those who attend Municipal Court held in the Jefferson City Council chambers. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Jefferson City Hall is far from a fortress for anyone walking in, with open spaces and few to no security checks.

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Judge Cotton Walker hears from a defendant during Municipal Court in the City Council chambers at Jefferson City Hall. Police officers provide security for the sessions.

But that may change as city officials look at new methods to increase security in the building and at municipal court, which is held every Wednesday in the council chambers.

Recently, 3rd Ward Councilman Bryan Pope requested a report concerning security measures at City Hall and a comment was made about looking into acquiring metal detectors for the building.

City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said the city is looking at specific ways to increase security in the building, which he said has already improved significantly in the past five years. He said the city has a number of measures in place that he did not want to specify for publication.

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