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Report asking for cost of security improvements at City Hall

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Gordon Graham) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Gordon Graham)

The mass shooting in San Bernadino and other recent tragedies have raised concerns about building security in Cincinnati.  

One councilman is concerned that recent enhancements to City Hall security may not be enough. 

The Cincinnati Hamilton County Early Warning Group did an assessment of the security risks at City Hall last year. Some recommendations from the group have been implemented for the building. 

City Councilman Christopher Smitherman worries those security measures may not be enough. 

“My concerns are we don't have metal detectors at Centennial Two nor at City Hall,” Smitherman said.   

Smitherman filed a motion earlier this week asking City Manager Harry Black for a report on the costs of making security improvements. He said the mass shooting in San Bernadino and other tragic events should make everyone concerned and aware about security. 

“I think that City Hall and Centennial Two should consider evacuation plans," said Smitherman. "What happens when a shooter is in one of these buildings? What do we do? I was very serious that my staff started having discussions about a ladder that maybe we might use to exit the building.”  

The councilman said he is concerned about the safety of all city employees as well as his own. 

“I do take precautions and I am careful. I tend to keep my family as much as I can out of public life, but being a public figure is a very complicated in difficult thing in the world we're living in now,” said Smitherman. 

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