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Garfield County sheriff wants only his office to issue ID cards

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario told county commissioners Monday that no more identification cards for staff or vendors entering the county courthouse should be issued unless it is done by the sheriff’s office.Vallario made his request after his deputies recently have run into problems where people have gone past security and been in various parts of the building with county identification cards that had been issued to them in the past by the county.Some of those incidents included people passing security with county ID cards issued more than two years ago, Vallario said. “We have started collecting all of the passes,” Vallario said. “We can’t have people outside the sheriff’s office issuing these (IDs). I just don’t want to be in a situation where someone passed through security and does something tragic in the courthouse.”Jeff Cheney, assistant district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, said it was important to balance people’s access to the building versus security.”I would like to know everyone has been thoroughly checked and then have free reign in the building,” Cheney said. Cheney said there were no reports of people with the issued IDs in the district attorney’s offices.Also on Monday, county commissioners approved a contract not to exceed $126,030 for remodeling work on the third-floor courtroom in the Garfield County Courthouse. The estimate for construction work was initially pegged at about $300,000. However, the bids for the work came in significantly lower than the estimated cost. That was because bidders did not consider installing a new ceiling in the courthouse, according to a county memo.County officials consulted with Groth Construction, the low bidder, to make sure there were no mistakes in his “proposal and that his price was correct,” the memo said. They then spoke with the architect on the project and others who have had experience with Groth Construction, and it was “determined that there was little risk to the county for additional costs.”Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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