Canadian County Sheriff’s admin office will get bars on windows, metal doors

Part of effort to enhance security after March vandalism

Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office is getting bars for its windows and new metal doors as part of a multi-phase project to enhance security.

County commissioners on Oct. 25 awarded quotes totaling about $21,000 to two companies for safety upgrades to the sheriff’s administrative building, 208 W Rogers.

Urban Ironcraft will be paid $11,000 to install bars on 11 windows and B.J. Cooper Installation will be paid $10,090 for the metal doors.

“We’re going to put some bars on the outside of those windows,” Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward explained. “It will look much like the stable and the jail.

“We have those glass doors and want to put metal doors in place there so they can’t be breached as easily.”

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.

County Commissioners previously approved paying a contractor to secure the front of the sheriff’s office by replacing the glass with cinderblock and more secure, smaller windows.

If the security upgrade project at the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office reaches $50,000, county commissioners (by state law) must solicit competitive bids.

As it stands now, the total cost is about $33,000.

“So, we’re below the $50,000 limit,” Ward advised the commissioners.



In other business at their weekly meeting Oct. 25, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Applying for a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant to chip seal one mile of Alfadale Road in District 2.
  • An agreement with Warren Cat to rent an asphalt reclaimer for District 2.
  • Renewing a software maintenance agreement between ESRI, Inc. and the Canadian County Assessor for FY22. Annual cost is $15,950.

Undersheriff Ward presented the weekly Canadian County Jail report showing a total population of 246 inmates. There are 211 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 35 housed in other counties.