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It is critical that we move to a more modern way of doing business. We do "more with less."

Budgets are lower now than when I first took office in 2006.  We now face even further budget reductions as the County tries to offset CALPERS increases and rising insurance costs.  Today it is more important than ever to squeeze every efficiency we can out of our existing resources.  I continue to build a case management system, a fully functioning person-centric model, so that there is no redundancy of efforts by Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender, Private Defense, or Probation.  The potential for cost savings and efficiency in each department is dramatic and compelling. 

I recognize that a systemic transition can be painful, and truly, it has been at times. However, it is critical that we move to a more modern way of doing business.  

Soon, as the case management system is fully implemented, discovery will be available simultaneously with the complaint to defense, eliminating the need for people to run back and forth between our offices.  The availability of information electronically will increase our efficiency and allow both prosecution and defense to appear in court without paper files.

I have effectively managed the "new reality" of our economic times.  It is not realistic to expect that there is more money "out there," or that we will go back to the more robust budgets of the past.  

It is not always popular to be the bearer of bad news about economic realities.  

And let's face it, everyone has been affected by the recession, myself included.  Even so, I have voluntarily forgone any pay increases since 2009 because I believed it was the right thing to do.

Despite the dismal economic environment since 2008, I have provided the citizens of Nevada County with the strength and leadership necessary in the District Attorney's office  to weather these turbulent economic waters.

Public safety has remained solid under my watch.



Committee to Re-Elect Cliff Newell
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