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Security upgrades coming to City Hall

City leaders are concerned about what happens if the City Hall security guard steps away from his post for a few minutes. City leaders are concerned about what happens if the City Hall security guard steps away from his post for a few minutes.
Jonathan Rothschild Jonathan Rothschild
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There are new security measures coming to City Hall.

The building is guarded by a single security guard, but city leaders are concerned about what happens if he goes upstairs, goes to the bathroom or steps away from his post for a few minutes.

When that happens, there is basically an open door for anyone who enters the building.

So the city is updating the lobby inside City Hall, making only one entrance for the public.

That entrance will require people to go through a metal detector like those in Superior Court.

The city will also add cameras and personnel to check visitors and their bags as they walk into the building.

City officials say the security upgrade is long overdue.

According to Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, there have been a few close calls.

"I can tell you over the past number of months there have been several incidents, some involving employees and their families, some involving former employees and a few involving citizens that - let's just say they were frustrated, but not acting appropriately," Rothschild said.

The security improvements are being paid for out of the city's general fund.

The mayor said he was not exactly sure what the cost is, but considering the price of something bad happening, he said the cost benefit is well worth it.

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