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Campbell County to survey employees on security concerns

Campbell County administrators plan to survey county employees whether they feel a sense of security at work.

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County administrators plan to survey county employees about whether they feel a sense of security at work.

Emergency Management Coordinator David King presented a draft copy of the survey at this afternoon’s Campbell County directors meeting. King leads a committee that was formed a couple of months ago.

On April 6, Campbell County commissioners approved forming the physical security committee to identify ways to better protect county employees and visitors to county facilities. The committee aims to develop physical security policies based on an analysis by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, King said, adding that the report was undertaken at the request of Commission Administrative Director Denton Knapp.

King said some county employees are often on the frontline when a disgruntled resident comes into areas like the commissioners’ office. Commission Chairwoman Colleen Faber said that emergency and safety equipment were ranked highly on the recent Optional One Percent Survey, which indicates the physical security committee is in line with what the community believes is important.

At its last meeting, the committee decided it would be wise to ask county employees to point out areas that they may have concerns in or what they like and what they don’t like about safety measures, King said.

The physical security committee is distinct from the human resources department’s safety committee, he said. This survey asks employees about whether they feel safe and secure being in the building, not whether they think the county’s competently addressing safety hazards that could cause falls, for example.

King said external entities, like Campbell County Health security staff and the Gillette Police Department, and county offices have been supportive.

Public Information Officer Leslie Perkins said the survey will include the staff of the Campbell County Fire Department and the CAM-PLEX, which are joint powers entities.

The survey below is a draft copy that the committee is releasing because it wanted to avoid surprising employees, King said.

“The whole idea is to just see what’s out there and then we’ll know where we need to go,” he said. “We’re sort of standing at the top of the hill trying to decide which direction to jump.”

King said commissioners will be able to examine the raw data. The committee is reviewing the survey and hopes to send out a final copy this week.