Councilwoman Mary Jane Lopez says she can't understand why the swipe cards haven't already been purchased. Lopez, a state employee, said the city could have easily used the ID card model already effectively used by the state.
Lopez said she doesn't understand why emergency services director Mark Wolford isn't spearheading such planned security work. Wolford makes about $50,000 a year. The city traditionally had not employed a full-time emergency services director, leaving those duties to a firefighter.
"We've hired someone at a good salary to do all this," she said.
Lopez did mention one active security measure. On Tuesday, when television reports abounded of the nation's "code orange" alert, Lopez said the building was locked after a night meeting.
She had to proceed to the third floor and leave by another route.
"A couple of [city] employees didn't know what 'code orange' meant," Lopez said.
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