Some changes in security at the Bent County courthouse seem to be ho-hum in nature when it comes to public perception. At a recent county commissioners meeting, Kim McDonnell asked Undersheriff Wick Turner about the single entry point heightened security they adopted. Turner says he's not heard a passionate stance either way from the public. The courthouse entrances had posted signs that everyone must enter through the east entrance and for a time being had to give their name and put their belongings through a metal detector. The heightened security was due to a bomb scare at the courthouse earlier this year.
Security remains stepped up at the courthouse but the single entry point has been lifted. People doing business at the courthouse, however, cannot enter in through the bottom floor as they have before.