Carroll County government increasing security at office building

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 22, additional security procedures will now be implemented at the main Carroll County government office building at 225 N. Center St. in Westminster.

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners announced the changes at its weekly meeting on Thursday.


“It is out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to protect both county employees and visitors to the building that we put this new procedure into place,” said Commissioner Stephen Wantz, president of the Board of County Commissioners.

“Carroll County remains resolute in its commitment to openness and transparency, and we appreciate, in advance, the understanding and patience of our citizens and visitors as we take this first step in what may be other changes to enhance security for county buildings,” he said.

Come Tuesday, all visitors and guests will be required to present valid photo identification upon entering the building. According to a county news release, the government building is currently one of the most accessible government office buildings in the state, and Carroll seeks to balance its commitment to remaining as open and welcoming as possible while providing safety to its visitors and employees.

Once individuals present identification to staff at the entrance of the building, staff members will log the name, time and destination for the visit then return the documentation to the visitor. Visitors will also notify the information desk when departing the building.

Individuals unable to provide the photo ID may be denied entrance to the building.

Examples of identification include: a valid driver’s license, state identification card, passport, government, military or student ID. Young children are exempt from the process.

This is the procedure to enter the building for any purpose. Any visitor without valid photo identification may be required to make an appointment in advance. County staff will then meet the visitor in the lobby to escort them to and from the appointment.