The Deschutes County Budget Committee has agreed to give more money to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, but only enough for half the amount of staff that was originally asked for.
The six positions District Attorney John Hummel hopes to have filled by the end of the summer include two new attorney positions, administrative support positions, a victim’s rights advocate and an office manager.
However, three DA Office programs will be impacted by the new cuts, as well as a victim’s impact panel will end after the august session. Two of the biggest prosecution changes coming in July will be probation violations, which will now primarily be handled by probation officers rather than the DA’s Office, and misdemeanor driving while suspended charges, which will be handled primarily by law enforcement in traffic court.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Hummel this afternoon and has more.