Agenda Item 25
May 24, 2011
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 2-11, Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission - Staff Support
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (2-1):
do not enact
Bill 2-11. Councilmember Reimer recommended enacting Bill 2-11.
Bill 2-11, Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission - Staff Support, sponsored by the Council
President on recommendation of the Organizational Reform Commission (ORC), was introduced
on March 8, 2011. A public hearing was held on March 29. There were no witnesses at the
hearing on this issue, but the Council has received some correspondence from constituents
questioning the salary and position. The Executive opposed Bill 2-11; the Mid-County Citizens
Advisory Board supported the ORC recommendation (©13). The Government Operations and
Fiscal Policy Committee held a worksession on Bill 2-11 on April 14.
Bill 2-11 would eliminate the Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission (CJCC)
Director position and require the Police Department to provide staff support to the Commission.
In its report to the Council dated January 31, 2011, ORC recommended the County eliminate the
CJCC Executive Director position and house the Commission in the Police Department (©4).
The Executive opposed this recommendation (©5, 7). Bill 2-11 would implement the ORC
recommendation as it relates to the CJCc.
Fiscal Impact Statement (FIS,
©11). The Office of Management and Budget's FIS for Bill
2-11 argues that eliminating the Executive Director position and requiring the Police Department
to provide staffing for the CJCC would actually increase County expenditures by $2,680 each
fiscal year. The FIS assumes that a Police Captain would staff the CJCC. Council staff
questions whether a Police Captain is required to provide staff support and whether a less senior
staff person could fulfill the same functions. Additionally, Council staff questions why the FIS
assumes that the Police Department would hire an additional Police Captain rather than assign
the CJCC staffing duties to an existing staff member.