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August 27, 2013

County to form special committee

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White said County Board members have had no discussions with the sheriff or anyone else regarding the dress code, although he noted he is not in agreement a dress code should be enforced in offices of elected officials.

"This is for minority groups that doesn't respect anything," Sheriff Roger Mulch said. "The whole intention is bring respect to the courthouse." He also likened the dress code to the metal detectors at the courthouse entrance. "It takes a metal detector to catch someone with a weapon. If someone is dressed inappropriately, we can catch it at the entrance."

It was decided a one-on-one meeting with the sheriff and County Board members would be in order to reconsider or make changes to the dress code. No Board members were opposed to a dress code inside court rooms, and the judges have the authority under law to mandate how people show up for court.

White suggested to the sheriff the code be "a little more lax" until future discussions are held.

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