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Woodbury Co. Supervisors authorize hiring process for courthouse security

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

It's been a long, drawn out debate about the best way to secure the Woodbury County courthouse, but Tuesday the board finalized the next step.

County supervisors voted to go forward and begin the hiring process through the county's human resources department, but it wasn't a unanimous decision.

David Tripp and Mark Monson voted against the authorization to start the hiring process, but the other three board members voted for it.

"I feel good that we're going to follow through with courthouse security. I think that we've needed it for a long time. I think the board is going to do an excellent job at providing the security for the courthouse," Woodbury County Board Chairman George Boykin said.

"I'm definitely not happy with the rest of the board with their decision to keep going on forward with this courthouse security. No matter how you state it, or put it out there, we have courthouse security through the sheriff's office," Woodbury County Supervisor David Tripp said.

Supervisor David Tripp would have liked the sheriff to be in charge of the new courthouse security plan, and he's not the only one.

Jim Marshall with the Northwest Iowa Labor Council went before the board to express his concerns with the board's final decision.

"What they're doing is they're taking that work from the bargaining unit, and giving it to somebody that they're hiring," Marshall said.

Marshall said there is a clause in the Communication Workers of America contract that holds the position for courthouse security supervisor.

CWA represents the Deputy Sheriff's Association. Marshall said the board's actions violate the CWA contract.

He expects the CWA will take this issue to arbitration, which could end up costing taxpayers in the long run.

Chairman George Boykin said he's not too concerned about this because they have no intentions of violating negotiated union contract language.

And, he said the board has the authority to create new positions and hire for the courthouse.

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