December 17, 2004
Starting this weekend, Scottsdale City Hall will become much more difficult for people to navigate.
A glass enclosure that will house metal detectors and security guards will be built over the front doors starting Saturday.
A private security company has been hired and, upon completion, guards will be stationed at metal detectors and X-ray machines, said Marc Eisen, the city’s homeland security director. While access to City Clerk Carolyn Jagger’s office will remain open, barriers will be constructed blocking other offices.
"If they need to go farther back (in City Hall), they’ll have to be announced at that front area," Eisen said.
While the City Hall Kiva’s front is likely to look torn up, Jagger said access to her office should not be affected.
Eisen said the construction work is scheduled to be finished in February.
Tougher security measures were approved by the City Council in the wake of a mail bomb attack against Don Logan, Scottsdale’s diversity and dialogue director, on Feb. 26. Logan opened a package addressed to him and suffered injuries to his hands and arms that required surgery. Renita Linyard, Logan’s secretary, and Jacque Bell, a human resources representative, were also hurt in the blast.