By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Payne County Administration Building employees will be getting new office keys in the next few weeks, the Payne County Budget Board decided Monday.
Employees use key cards to enter the Administration Building, 315 W. Sixth Ave., during non-office hours. Those locks were changed in 2013 when the previous system failed, Payne County Commission Chairman Chris Reding.
Keys are used to unlock the county departments and the offices within them. That’s the problem. Nobody knows how many keys have been issued over the years, Reding said.
Keys may have been issued to county employees who didn’t return them when they left for other jobs. Keys may have been copied. Keys were given to janitors, Reding said.
Fire escape doors that were open, but should’ve been locked alerted Reding to the problem.
There should be only three keys to those fire escape doors, Reding said. The people with those keys were not unlocking the fire escape doors.
It is a county employee safety issue, Reding said. People who aren’t county employees shouldn’t be in the building during non-business hours.
Reding said he called former District 2 County Commissioner Gloria Hester and asked if she remembered the last time the office locks were changed. She didn’t know.
“They should be rekeyed every three years. So it’s time,” Reding said.
Reding said he would talk with each Payne County elected official and others with offices in the building to determine which doors need to be rekeyed and how many keys are needed.
He said he will seek quotes to get the locks changed as inexpensively as possible.