“The North [County] is a desert of resources,” Macuga said.
Her preliminary budget includes $382,200 for four full-time positions — adding one for IT and one for accounting and turning two misdemeanor attorney extra-help positions into full-time jobs.
District Attorney Joyce Dudley said her office is facing similar data storage problems, telling supervisors the volume of electronically transmitted discovery information has increased greatly, and if her office’s system isn’t replaced by April 2022, it’s facing “serious server failure.”
But she also cited other challenges her office is facing, including a backlog of cases caused by the pandemic, legislative requirements to review and retry cases, resources strained by large, complex cases like Operation Matador, which will involve two trials, the need for a new case management system and implementing the Electronic Suspected Child Abuse Reporting System.
“We can’t let abused children fall through the cracks, and that is exactly where they’ve been falling,” Dudley said.
She’s seeking just over $1 million to add 5.5 full-time employees and upgrade the digital data storage system.
Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann asked Dudley to develop flow charts to help the public understand the complexity of diverting offenders into various programs other than incarceration.
“Shining a light always makes things better,” Dudley said.
The Fire Department is not seeking any funds for expansion, but its capital improvement projects include construction of the Cuyama Fire Station and a regional fire communication facility.