By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – Several months after the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office was vandalized, a contractor has been hired to secure the glass front of the sheriff’s administrative building.
Canadian County will pay Tomas Ortiz $9,500 for the remodeling project at 208 W Rogers, adjacent to the Canadian County Courthouse. Canadian County Commissioners unanimously approved the action at their Sept. 13th meeting.
“What we’re doing is taking the glass out and replacing it with cinderblock,” Undersheriff Kevin Ward explained. “We’re just going to block it up.
“We’re going to put some much-more secure windows in each one of those sections that are there. They will be much smaller.”
The sheriff’s administrative building was damaged March 15 when a vandal threw a large rock that caused a front glass window to shatter. That created a security risk by providing possible access inside the office.
Canadian County maintenance personnel temporarily boarded up the area where the glass was broken, and it was replaced with a new window.
Canadian County sheriff’s officials have decided to fully replace the huge glass front with cinderblock and small windows because of the mid-March vandalism and law enforcement protests in 2020 after the George Floyd murder.
“This all started last summer when we had some of the events in Oklahoma City,” Ward added. “We saw our vulnerabilities here.”
District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader supports securing the glass front to the sheriff’s administration office because the existing large windows create a “vulnerability.”
“I hate that we have to do this,” Hader said. “That’s a lot of window space.”
Undersheriff Ward replied, “We enjoy looking out – but realize it’s a security issue.”
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In other action during its weekly meeting Sept. 13, Canadian County Commissioners approved:
- Awarding a $104,660 bid to Railroad Yard (RRY) for an Airport Road/220th Street bridge project in District 1. Commissioner Hader determined this contractor had the lowest overall price among three vendors that submitted bids.
- No longer offering certain supplemental options’ insurance plans to county employees due to low participation.
- The sale of county property in Westbrooke Estates to bidder Clif H. Prestidge for $182.69.
In the weekly county jail report, Undersheriff Ward said there were 257 inmates in custody with 229 housed inside the El Reno lock-up.
“We’re looking at other counties to house inmates,” Ward told county commissioners.
The Canadian County sheriff has contracts with Dewey, Grant, Ellis, and Washita counties to keep Canadian County inmates when there’s no bed space at the jail here.
Sheriff’s officials recently checked with Custer County, but their jail was full.