PAXTON – The closure of the Ford County Courthouse and Jail will continue, according to a letter issued this week by Ford County Sheriff Mark R. Doran.
“After careful consideration of all that has transpired over the period of March 23, 2020 until today, it has been decided to continue the closure,” the letter states.
Doran said Ford County citizens are still being infected and nearby counties are still seeing increases in cases which proves that it is important to continue efforts to protect Ford County employees, their families and the public.
Courthouse security will allow essential county employees into the courthouse. Litigants and attorneys who have court ordered by the Judge will also be allowed. No family members will be allowed for court proceedings and office department heads can set up appointments as needed, but are encouraged to handle most business by telephone, computer or mail.
Also, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office and Jail will be locked at the front door and control room staff will let essential personnel into the lobby for essential business purposes.
“Any personnel entering the actual jail facility will have their temperature taken and logged by corrections personnel,” Sheriff Doran said. “Those who refuse to comply to the entry procedures will not be allowed into the secured facility. Jail visitation and church services will continue to be suspended until further notice.”
Doran urges residents to be vigilant about hand washing, distancing, cleaning and disinfecting work areas and covering coughs and sneezes.