Sponsor:                                                                               Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

Personnel Committee                                                                          October 14, 2004           



Staff Lead:                                                                                                                   Department:
Francine Bouldin, Director                                                                                      Human Resources




A Resolution to Authorize the Establishment of an Additional Court Services Officer Position within the Office of Adult Court Services                   


Topic Description:


In June of 2004, the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) provided localities across the Commonwealth the opportunity to apply for supplemental grant funding for the hiring of new local probation officers.  The Fauquier County Office of Adult Court Services has been selected to receive this additional funding.  DCJS will provide localities with $31,875 for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2005 and $42,499 for Fiscal Year 2006 to hire one new full time local probation officer.  Funding beyond Fiscal Year 2006 will be based on performance measures set forth in the grant guidelines.


The grant guidelines require that localities target a specific population in which to increase probation placements.  In view of the steadily growing Hispanic population in Fauquier County, it was determined that the addition of a Spanish speaking probation officer was critical.  In Fiscal Year 2000, the Office of Adult Court Services supervised only one Hispanic speaking probationer.  In Fiscal Year 2004, the Office supervised 15 probationers that spoke Spanish as their primary language.  With the increase of migrant farm labor in Fauquier County, it is anticipated that the Hispanic speaking population will continue to rise. 


The addition of a bi-lingual probation officer will enhance the quality of probation services to the three courts of Fauquier County.  Judge Foley, Judge Payne and Commonwealth’s Attorney Jonathan Lynn have all expressed support of this position via written letters.  In addition, the request to establish an additional court services officer position has received the endorsement of the Personnel and Finance Committees.     


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:


Consider adoption of the attached resolution.



Fiscal Impact Analysis:


There are no fiscal impacts.  The Office of Adult Court Services is able to absorb any funding requirement in excess of the grant award within its departmental budget.


IdentiFiscal Year any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:


Office of Adult Court Services