Connect Savannah has obtained a memo which was specifically addressed today to "County Commissioners" and "All County Staff" in which Chatham County Manager Lee Smith cited new Georgia state law in increasing security at the Old Courthouse downtown, where the County Commission meets.
Observers say the memo was directly inspired by the recent controversy in which County Commissioner Yusuf Shabazz is alleged to have lifted his jacket to show his handgun in an intimidating fashion to Shaundra McKeithen after a recent candidate forum.
McKeithen is challenging Shabazz's wife Estella for City Council District 5.
"Effective immediately all persons entering the Old Courthouse located at 124 Bull Street will be subject to metal detector scanning and searching of handbags, backpacks, briefcases, etc. This measure has been put in place per Georgia state law," Smith writes in the memo.
In the memo, Smith goes on to pointedly add:
"There are no exceptions to any of the public, County staff, or County Commissioners."