|By Bob Kasarda, The Times, Munster, Ind.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Yet Bradford said he presents a unique need because all three of his veteran staff members are leaving with a collective 67 years of experience just as new charging and penalty guidelines take effect. His staff is leaving, along with at least one other county employee and one elected official, to avoid losses as result of changes to the public employee retirement program.
Bradford said he has gone 30 years with one less employee than comparable courts in the county. The need for the additional person is more urgent than ever to avoid potentially costly errors resulting from the changeover in staff and new criminal code to learn.
Bradford hopes he is able to convince the council to approve the additional expenditure without enacting his power to mandate the hiring.
The new position would cost the county
"If he gets that, then something else suffers," she said.
"We're in a really bad spot right now," she said of the revenue losses in the general fund, which is used to pay for employees.
"If it gets mandated, it's going to be extremely difficult," she said.
Bradford hopes the new legal assistant can start by
The price of hiring the person is also not as great when compared to the potential cost of litigation resulting from the court making an error due to insufficient staff, he said.
Bradford is not alone in challenging the council's call for 10 percent budgets cuts in 2015. Only seven of the 45 applicable general fund budgets turned in recently included the required cuts. Even the council was initially an offender, until the omission was pointed out and the group cut in half the salary of its budget and finance specialist.
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