Jefferson County Prosecutor says he needs more resources
by Dennis Sharkey
Jefferson County Prosecutor Jason Belveal needed only a few months to figure out he has a heavy workload.
Belveal told commissioners on Monday that the workload of his office is more than what he expected.
“When I was appointed county attorney I wasn’t sure I needed three guys in the office,” Belveal said. “Now that I’ve done it for a few months I’m convinced I need three.”
The prosecutor’s office has two assistants and two office assistants. Belveal said he could use more help.
“Obviously that’s not in the cards,” he said.
The office also has space issues and Belveal said they could use more room.
Commissioners will begin work on next year’s budget soon. Belveal told commissioners to keep in mind that his office’s expenses are growing.
Belveal said they have been transferring funds from reserves. However, his reserves will be depleted by the end of this year.
Attorneys are also paying for some expenses out of pocket such as continuing education and fees for research.
“We’re spending our own money,” Belveal said. “We don’t mind that. We’re not complaining about it but I’m just putting it out there.”
Belveal also suggested moving the county counselor duties back to his office. Mike and Jan Hayes, the current counselors on contract, are planning to retire at the end of this year. Belveal thinks there could be a savings if that occurred.
The Hayes signed a contract with the county in 2008 that paid them a base salary of $50,000 plus full health insurance coverage for both of them. The contract also calls for a cost of living increase each year.
“It’s certainly something I would be interested in,” Belveal said about moving the duties back to his office.
In other actions:
- Commissioners approved a bid by James Schrick for $330 per week to mow all county properties. Last year commissioners decided to contract out the mowing.
- Commissioners approved hiring of a couple of part-time employees for the Auxiliary Department and a part-time employee for the Road and Bridge Department.
- Road and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard said a couple of the county’s pickup trucks need to be replaced. He is looking at some used models.
- Surveying is complete for the bridge on 154th Street east of Ferguson Road and construction could begin any day.
- Commissioners approved a lot split appeal for a piece of property on Butler Road about a mile and one-half north of Grantville.
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