The Yates County Legislature voted this week to allow Sheriff Ron Spike to assign a security officer to the county office building.
Legislator Carlie Chilson voted against the measure, saying it would create overtime hours for someone who would have little to do. At its last meeting of the year, lawmakers passed an amended weapons ban in county buildings. The ban includes an exception for concealed carry. County Administrator Nonie Flynn says while the new law might not be perfect, most of the people who work in the office building feel it’s a good start.
The original policy, without the concealed carry exception, received a majority of votes at the legislature’s September meeting, but due to an absence, did not get the eight votes needed for passage. The policy with the exception, was approved 11-1 at the December meeting. Yet to be determined is whether the exception means someone with a concealed carry permit can bring a weapon into the building, or whether they must leave it with security.