Delaware County plans to seek bids for security services for its judicial buildings.
The commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to move the process forward.
Since 2005, the security services have been handled by Powell-based Trident Security Group LLC.
The commissioners in 2010 approved a two-year contract with the company, with the option to extend the contract on an annual basis for two years.
The contact expires April 1.
“It will be a competitive bid,” Facilities Manager Jon Melvin said.
A selection committee that will include officials from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) as well as the courts will be tasked with making a recommendation to the commissioners.
“It’s always been very tough for (the DCSO) to compete with the contract price,” Melvin said.
Under the current contract, the county pays Trident Security Group $215,000 annually.
Bids will be accepted until Feb. 26.
In other business:
• The commissioners approved the hiring of two full-time paramedics. The vote was 2-1 in favor of the move, with Commissioner Ken O’Brien voting against the hiring.
• Delaware County Administrator Tim Hansley reported that the Delaware Area Transit Agency is having payroll issues and will come before the commissioners Thursday to seek funding through the county’s community enhancement grant program.