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Committee approves glass window in Register in Probate office

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The implementation of courthouse security policies continued, as it headlined Monday's Finance and Personnel Committee meeting.

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It started with a request from the Courthouse Security Workgroup, which approved a glass window in the Register of Probate office during its July meeting.

The approval didn't sit well with Dee Novak, Register of Probate, who made her feelings known to the committee.

"I personally feel I don't need it," she said. "I prefer to work on a one-to-one basis," adding most of her clients are the elderly, persons with disabilities or those who have lost family members.

Novak said she has been with the county for 22 years and has felt safe throughout her time.

"I got the security door," talking about the latest addition to her office, which is also a card reader, "And I'm okay with that."

Finance and Personnel Committee Chairman Jeff Holst was the first to respond, which started a thorough debate.

"We need to protect our employees to the best of our ability," he said. "Otherwise, we are liable."

Novak continued her plea by saying the glass window would impede her service to the public.

"There's a little chance someone would take a jump at me," she said, noting someone would have to leap over her desk to reach her. "I would probably get a gunman, but I have no money."

For more please read the Sept. 11 print version of the Herald. 

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