Cherokee County officials and employees welcomed two new courthouse security officers to the building Monday, but neither is actually a stranger to the facility.

Sheriff Norman Fisher said Stephanie Stephens and Rick Rozell are carrying commissions through his office. They will be under the supervision of the judges while working on the third floor of the courthouse. That’s the floor where courtrooms, judges offices and the DA’s office are located.

Rozell is a former Tahlequah police officer and game ranger. He also served as a dispatcher for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Stephens works part-time as an Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission ranger and has also been employed as a dispatcher and detention officer.

The need for new personnel came about when former Security Officers Boyd Hamby and Hank Weese retired from the posts last week. County and court personnel honored Weese and Hamby with a luncheon last week.

“I’d like to wish Hank and Boyd well on their retirement,” Fisher said.

The sheriff said he is glad he was able to locate two new officers quickly so the courthouse didn’t have to go without security.

“I believe Stephanie and Rick will make fine security officers and are capable of keeping the courthouse safe for employees as well as the visitors,” Fisher said. “I’m sure they’ll blend right in.”

Rozell and Stephens will be identified as security officers by blue blazers.

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