Antonovich Pushes For Jail Funding
He says 285 jobs must be funded quickly.
In a letter dated February 22, 2007 to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sheriff revealed the creation of approximately 285 unfunded post positions in the Sheriff’s Custody Operations and Correctional Services Division which was, in large part, to meet increased safety challenges and external demands from the Board of Supervisors, the Department of Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union and Special Counsel Merrick Bobb.
“While these unfunded positions have resulted in significant expenditures out of the Sheriff’s overtime budget, they are necessary public safety expenditures, and eliminating these unfunded positions will adversely impact current operations and lead to unintended consequences,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The Supervisor’s motion on Tuesday February 27th will direct the Chief Administrative Officer to respond to the Sheriff’s February 22nd letter in one week, including the impact of eliminating a significant number of the 285 unfunded post positions on jail operations as well as a recommendation relative to the Sheriff’s request for funding.