Concerns over staff safety at City Hall at heart of new policy

Doors won't be left unlocked after hours unless there's a scheduled meeting

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Concerns over safety of employees has prompted the City of Sarnia to keep doors of City Hall locked after the close of regular business, unless there is a scheduled meeting, including a meeting of City Council.

In a news release issued Thursday (July 28, 2016), City Manager Margaret Misek-Evans said the intent of the restricted building access “is to ensure the safety of staff and the public and the security of the building.”

A May 2016 report to City Council from Chris Armstrong, the City’s human resources manager, had expressed concerns about the issue.

The report referenced an incident in which a City employee reported being confronted in a verbally aggressive manner by someone who had been waiting for the employee on the third floor before the start of the workday.

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