Greenville
9:32 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Electrical utility staff to be allowed concealed-carry

Employees of the Greenville electric utility system will be allowed to carry concealed weapons while on the job in the future.

Brad Kellar / KETR

The GEUS board of trustees intends to vote this week on changing the utility’s personnel policy, which previously prevented employees from carrying weapons even with a permit. The board also intends to formally install one new member, while beginning the process of choosing another.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the GEUS Steam Plant, 4201 Power Lane in Greenville.

In a memo to the board, GEUS Power Supply Director Gary Singleton said the proposed change in policy was designed to help protect the utility’s employees .

“Employees may be subject to acts of violence in the workplace from customers, disaffected ex-employees, estranged spouses, or other deranged individuals,” Singleton said. “Although steps have been taken to establish secure perimeters to increase employee safety, penetration of these perimeters is still possible and an armed intruder can cause extensive harm prior to the arrival of law enforcement personnel.”