Anybody who says otherwise isn’t being honest.
That’s the belief of District Attorney Dick Gammick, anyway.
Gammick has proposed cutting $294,000 to bring his total budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year just below $20 million. Since the 2008-09 fiscal year, the DA’s office will have slashed more than $4.7 million from its budget and eliminated 40 positions once this latest round of cuts takes effect in July.
These newest reductions will result in the elimination of one victim advocate position, do away with “call back” pay, outsource process services and decrease court expenses and supply costs.
Gammick cites slower response times to law enforcement inquiries and loss of specialized services to victims as among the major impacts to the public.
Impacts on employees include increased workloads and stress, while morale, institutional knowledge and productivity might suffer.
“We’re seeing that it’s taking its toll” on employees in the form of increased use of sick time, Gammick told the board of county commissioners during budget hearings on Monday.
Just like every other official across Washoe County, Gammick is concerned about the state legislative impact on his office. New laws require “more hoops to jump through, additional reports, more information, unfunded mandates or a cut in our resources,” he said.
Gammick also is worried about the impact uncertain revenue sources will have on child protective services.
“There are more child victims when the economy is bad,” he said.
As such, Gammick appears willing to fight for every dollar available to pay for public safety services and prosecution. Though he said it is important to consider the needs of other county departments, he made it clear that he must defend his own needs first and foremost.
“We’re here to protect our turf,” he said.