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County Council Approves Requests from Prosecutor

October 16, 2013


  10/17/13 Marshall County Prosecutor David Holmes appeared before the County Council this week with several requests, the first being a request to purchase a new Cannon copier for the office.  The current copier has been good but is showing its age with issues and replacement parts are no longer available.  The prosecutor offered to purchase the $12,000 copier using his Four-D pre-trial diversionary funds and the other half through ARRA child support funds.   Council member Judy Stone commented that she was happy to see the price of toner taken into consideration with his recommendation. 

The prosecutor’s second request was to waive the probationary period which includes a slight reduction if salary for the new deputy prosecutor.  Sally Skodinski worked in the Saint Joseph County prosecutor’s office for four year.  Holms said, “She’s doing the job full steam.  There was no training necessary.” 

The final request was to move a part-time clerk to a full-time position.  Holms said, “There are not enough hours part-time for her to do the job.”  The federal government’s recent decision to require anyone working over 30 hours to be considered full time with benefits won’t allow the clerk to continue her part-time job using full-time hours. The prosecutor proposed moving her to a full-time position using his pre-trial diversion fund which has a balance of $172,000 in it and IV-D funds which has a balance of $126,500.    

The County Council approved all three of the prosecutor’s requests.