Addendum: Okay, it does help to get the facts. Jill Duffy just clarified that the only issue to be decided today is where the unit will be housed, the County Counsel’s Office or the D.A. (the Sheriff is not interested). The issues such as whether the agents will be armed, and other issues the Task Force dealt with are not on the table today. Since the bill for the D.A. place would be about $175,000 per year, the County Counsel model appears to be the one which will prevail.
A client called and I missed the last half of Jill’s comments, and all of Clif’s. I’m listening to Mark’s right now, and he’s saying that there are a long list of issues to be dealt with in months to come.
Even though they’re not deciding much today, they are allowing public input. I doubt much of the comment will be about where it’s housed. The first speaker is already commenting on whether the agents should be sworn officers.
Second addendum: I take it back. The first speaker opposes placing the unit with the D.A. But now he’s back onto the sworn officer issue, which won’t be decided today.
The problem is, of course, the fact that it’s taken so long for the county to even take up the issue, that people are anxious to get their points across while they have the opportunity.
Third addendum: I’m at work, so I’m only hearing bits and pieces, but so far the consensus is that the program should not be housed with the D.A.’s office. I probably agree, but for the issue of accountability I prefer that a single elected representative be directly in charge. But the only elected reps we have are the Sheriff, D.A., Recorder/Clerk, and Assessor, none of which are appropriate for this function for various reasons. Why don’t counties have an elected executive administrations anyway?
Fourth addendum: Query due to bad memory, but wasn’t Jill Duffy on the task force?
Fifth addendum: Did Bonnie just say that they would be deciding there would be no guns with the “civil mode” Clif has proposed? Cool! I thought they were just deciding where it would be housed.
Actually, I think I either misheard, or she misspoke. Either way, the motion carried unanimously. The CEU remains with County Counsel.
Sixth addendum: Heraldo watched the proceedings as well, and makes some notes of points I missed. I had missed, for example, Jill’s explanation that the Task Force’s 17 recomendations don’t apply because they anticipated a hybrid model which involved both the Sheriff and D.A. But Liz Davidson disagreed, saying that some of the recommendations are useful regardless of the model.