Forest City, IA

County officials agreed the shooting of a county employee in September in Jackson County in Maquoketa will have an impact on all counties in Iowa. County recorder Kris Colby said at the Sept. 30 Winnebago County Board of Supervisors meeting a state recorders group of which she is a member believes the Legislature will address courthouse security. But,  Colby said, counties are considering plans they can implement. Colby and county auditor Karla Weiss have participated in ALICE training, which stands for Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate in the case of a shooter or potential shooter in a building. Both recommended the training for all county courthouse employees. Colby and Weiss will contact other counties and cities in the region and an ALICE trainer to try and schedule a multiple partner training. “That’s good information,” supervisor Mike Stensrud said. “I think we’ve got to set something up.” Read more