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Security for your private records questionable in county courthouse
posted October 20, 2008
OPINION – There have been many incidents
that raised the specter that the Edgefield County Council has their
priorities out of whack for quite some time. Placing the county
recreation as a millage rate securing almost a half a million dollars
that largely goes unaccounted for each year while ignoring basic
services such as additional law enforcement officers, EMS, and the
expansion of infrastructure such as the extension of water lines to
name a few. However, a simple vandalism at the Edgefield County
Courthouse Sunday has revealed that our most vital records are left
unprotected as a result of a lack of funding due to the priorities of
the county council.
Clerk of Court Shirley Newby, who is elected to oversee the courthouse,
said Sunday that she has been fighting for courthouse security since
she was elected four years ago. The County Council had to be forced
into mandatory security officers and a metal detector to be placed at a
single point of entry this year, a year later than mandated by the
South Carolina Supreme Court.
Even then the county council tried to delay the implementation of the
officers after facing a possible budget crunch brought on by rising
fuel prices. Newby prevailed in that scenario, however; the county
residents have been failed for years with the discovery that there is
no alarm system installed at the courthouse. “There is not a window or
door protected by an alarm,” Clerk of Court Newby said.
That is not very reassuring to residents in regard to the building that
the most vital records of the county’s citizens most personal
Contained within the courthouse are voter registration information, tax
information, personal information including names, addresses, birth
dates, social security numbers, mental health records, Probate Court
records, and a host of other vital records that could expose the entire
county to identity theft if accessed. However, a new scoreboard or
fence at Bettis Park is a priority, installing a simple alarm system
for our county records is not.
It has also been discovered that the county has continually failed to
provide the county computer systems with proper security software to
prevent viruses and intrusions.
While county election officials are scrambling to assure the public
that our election office is secure due to
a vandalism Saturday night at
the Voter Registration Office, our county leaders place not only
sanctity of our election process in harms way, they also place our
identities at risk while making sure almost unlimited funds are
directed towards Bettis Park to assure the re-election of one of their
Perhaps that is why two county council seats have already been
overturned this year during the primaries and a third remains in the
balance in the November election.
The county recreation program has consumed millions of dollars that
could have gone towards county needs, not wants. Protecting our
courthouse and vital records is not a want; it is a demanded need and
has been overlooked by our county elected leaders for far too long.
Yet, due to the lack of foresight of the county council the much
needed, and obviously now demanded, alarm system for the courthouse
will force another department’s budget to be cut to supply the funds.
Every department but one – recreation. It is protected, unlike your
vital records and personal information.
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