Finance Committee Meeting
FY06 Budget Presentations
Board of Commissioners
9:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Third Floor Conference Room
W. Harold Pate Courthouse Annex
Committee Members: H. Lynn, U. Keller, and T. Thaw
Commissioners: C. Johnson
Staff: T. Barton, W. Bennett, D.
Chunn, M. Doering, P. McNicoll, B. Rowell, C. Stewart, S. Trautz
recommendations by the Budget Team.
Becky Rowell, Assistant County Administrator, informed the Committee that the
Personnel recommendations by the Budget Team would be discussed later. She stated that the Committee would not be
asked to approve those positions.
Wayne Bennett discussed his need to increase the staff at the Sheriff’s
Office. He stated that he would need
either four additional deputies or two additional deputies plus increased
overtime budget in the coming year. The
Sheriff informed the Committee that there had been no increase in deputies
since 1996 and the workload had increased due to the following:
of deputies required during Drug
of five death penalty cases in the next fiscal year
The Sheriff stated that the jail
population was up to 390 prisoners and the aging population in the jail has
resulted in increased health problems.
He said that the Detention staff should be increased also but that he
wanted to wait and see if the new Public Defender would be able to decrease the
population. If the population goes down
he will not need to increase the Detention staff. Six to eight new Detention officers will be
needed if the population stays at 380-390 per day.
Commissioner Thaw questioned how
they were managing now with the increased population and Sheriff Bennett
responded that schedules have been adjusted and compensatory time accrued.
There was discussion concerning
the effect of the Drug Court
program on the jail, the problem in turnaround on drug tests, and the
possibility of using ankle bracelets in order to release prisoners earlier.
Commissioner Johnson asked how
many City prisoners remain in jail and the Sheriff responded that there were
very few because he releases them quickly.
The Sheriff also pointed out that there are no boarding charges to the
City for City prisoners that are in jail on state charges.
Sheriff Bennett ended his
presentation by saying that he will work with Ms. Phyllis McNicoll, Finance
Director, to determine if it will be more cost-efficient to increase deputies
by 4 or by 2 and incur additional overtime.
Judge Tim Barton, Magistrate
Judge, began his presentation by saying that the Assistant Magistrates do not
work for him but that they are appointed by the Superior Court Judge. He said that he had talked to Judge Tuten
about his request and Judge Tuten had agreed with him and would send a letter
to the Commissioners. Judge Barton
requested a Part-time Secretary, a Part-time Judge, and pay increases for the
Commissioner Lynn requested a
comparison of revenues since the year prior to Judge Barton taking office.
Chief Matt Doering, Police Chief,
gave a presentation on the current activity in the Police Department and how
the Department and County have changed in the past few years. Chief Doering
informed the Committee that there had been no increase in Patrol Officers since
1998, no increase in Detectives since 1994, and that it had been over 20 years
since the number of Drug Investigators had been increased. He stated that demands for police services
had increased due to the following:
· Population increases
As a result of the, Chief Doering
requested the addition of eight Police Officers, the reclassification of one
Police Officer II to Detective I and one Police Officer II to Investigator
I. Commissioner Johnson questioned
whether the reclassifications would remove officers from the street and Chief
Doering stated that it would not.
Commissioner Johnson requested
that Chief Doering present options to increase the efficiency of the Police
Department and recommend changes for better utilization of certified officers.
No action was taken at this