by Kurt Nesbitt

Contributing Writer

Elk River officials took note of the mass shootings in Virginia Beach, where a disgruntled city employee opened fire and killed 12 employees of that city in May.

They asked for a discussion about council chamber security. They started that conversation during an Aug. 5 council work session. City Administrator Cal Portner wants feedback from the council and Police Chief Ron Nierenhausen wanted recommendations.

Nierenhausen characterized council chambers security as “a major concern.”

Mayor John Dietz wants to look at having an officer at meetings and he also wanted to know how many entrances to City Hall have to be open. Nierenhausen said fire codes require at least two exits stay open.

Nierenhausen said he thinks the council needs a plan for if an active shooter enters the chambers.

“Because right now, you’re sitting ducks,” he said.

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