On behalf of MCPAA we stand with the County in efforts to maintain strong fiscal health. While it is not yet clear how the projected $500,000 saving can be achieved by consolidation, we look forward to being a part of this discussion. The "oppose" position taken today is, at best, a placeholder, until such time as we can share with one another our respective concerns. Finally, thanks to Carmel Angelo for reaching out to our union and answering questions we had.
MCPAA Shop Steward.
The consolidation of the Public Defender office is something that needs to be approached with much caution. The constitutionally required representation provided by indigent defense is something that cannot be analyzed in a purely cost benefit view. The justice system does not make money or cover its costs. We need to be weary of creating a system where providing less of required services is financially incentivized.
Matt Finnegan- Teamsters Local 856