PERRY -- In the wake of a new state law that allows people to bring guns into public buildings, the Houston County Commission is clarifying its policy to county employees.
In case employees had any doubt, they still can’t bring guns onto the job -- with a few exceptions.
The board held the first reading of an amendment to its personnel manual Tuesday regarding the county’s gun policy, as well as for the “guard line” zone around the county jail.
“This is not a major change, but it is some cleanup due to the state law that went into effect July 1,” said commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker.
Commissioner Jay Walker, the commissioner over personnel policy, said the amendment is basically to repeat the county’s policy against employees having weapons on the job.
It does include exemptions, such as for judges and employees of the sheriff’s department, the solicitor general and the district attorney.
Employees can have guns in their personal vehicles, except in the guard line area unless they have permission of the sheriff.
A second reading will be held Aug. 19, and then the board will consider adopting the policy.
Stalnaker said employees who have questions or comments about the policy can direct those to Ken Carter, the director of personnel, or Barry Holland, the county’s director of administration.
The new state law allows people with a concealed carry license to carry guns into public buildings unless there is a security screening process in place, such as at the main courthouse in Perry.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.