Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
Day #7 - October 28, 2016
Cook County Sheriff - presented by Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff
FY17 - $633,359,903
FY16 - $520,257,341
FY17 - 6,667 FTEs
FY16 - 6,772 FTE’s
In 2016 - Detainees in the Jail number about 8300 with approximately 2500 on Electronic Monitoring (EM)
In 2010 - Detainees numbered closer to 10,000 in jail with only a few hundred on EM.
Key Information Presented:
Sheriff Dart gave a short presentation about how his budget is up while his jail population is down. He indicated the cost of overtime and the increase in special programs set up for detainees are the reasons for the budget increase. His officers are also spending more time helping other police districts, especially in the southern suburbs. Most of his time was spent answering the commissioners’ questions. He took all of the questions very seriously and gave thoughtful and expansive answers. When he did not have a good answer ready for a serious issue, he always said “I would welcome suggestions on how to handle this.” By appearing to not know everything about law enforcement and incarceration, he used his time to engage in a very thoughtful dialogue. The Commissioners who were present were Sims, Garcia, Boykin, Morrison, Silvestri, Schneider, Moore, Gainer, and Daley.
Questions/Comments from Commissioners:
Cook County State’s Attorney - presented by Gavin Ambrose, Chief of Staff for SA
FY17 - $21,733,224
FY16 - $21,709,450
FY17 - 1,327
FY16 - 1,391
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez did not show up for the State's Attorney budget presentation. She had sent a written statement prior to the the meeting to all of the Commissioners. Those present (Daley, Boykin, Garicia Silvestri, Sims, Moore, Gainer, Morrison, and Schneider) did not want her statement read aloud by her Chief of Staff, Gavin Ambrose. Instead, Mr. Ambrose and other staffers did their best to answer the questions of the commissioners.
Written Statement: After the meeting I (the observer) was told that I could find the statement online under “Meeting Details”. The statement listed some of the achievements that the SA had completed during her 8 years in office. These included;
Questions/Concerns of the Commissioners:
Overall, it would have been better to have heard directly from the State’s Attorney. The answers given were not as in depth as they would have been had she been present.
Observer - Jan Goldberg
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