Auburn looks to contract for town prosecutor
Right now, a detective serves as the department’s prosecutor, taking away time needed for regular police work.
“It’s going to be awesome. He is a very energetic and eager to work, and hiring him will free up the department to actually prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law and not look to settle,” Dion said.
“I think that this is a good solid idea,” Headd said.
Despite the board’s approval, Dion said the reshuffling of money must be approved by the budget committee before it can be finalized.
“Most small police departments are now hiring attorney prosecutors, because if you’re not doing it all the time and not staying on top of the legal and case histories, your swimming against the current,” Dion said.
“McCaffrey understands the budget issues and the math, and understands there is a cost associated with having officers going to court. He said he will not require the officers to go to court unless really needed, which will save us money,” Dion said.
“We are only contracting him for a year, just to see if we like it, and the nature of the contract is a month-by-month basis and can be terminated through a 30-day notice from either party.”
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