OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
REASON FOR REVIEW
Penal Code Section 925(a) authorizes the Grand Jury to conduct
inquiries into the operations, accounts and records of officers,
departments or functions of the County.
The District Attorney is the chief prosecutor for Amador County.
He directs the activities of the Deputy District Attorneys and
serves as Public Administrator. Other responsibilities include
the administration of the District Attorney's Investigators,
the Family Support Division and the Victim/Witness Program.
The 1999-2000 Grand Jury review consisted of visits to the
District Attorney's and Victim/Witness Assistance Program
facilities, interviews and examination of various documents.
Emphasis was placed on reviewing grants, adequacy of facilities,
safety and security. (Cases currently under litigation were not reviewed).
- Chief Investigator
- District Attorney Administrator
- Administrative Support Supervisor
- Victim/Witness Assistance Program Coordinator
- Legal Secretary
- Family Support Officer
- County Auditor/Controller
Worker's Compensation Fraud Grant
- Automobile Insurance Fraud Grant
- Statutory Rape/Vertical Prosecution Grant
- Victim/Witness Assistance Program Grant
- Grant Financial Statements
- Staff Time Sheets
- 1999-2000 Final County Budget
- Budget Control Status Reports
- Independent Auditor Reports
- Policies and Procedures Manual
- Fire Safety Plan
- Security Plan
All grants adhere to the Grant Award Agreements.
- Independent grant audit reports found no instances of
- The Victim/Witness Assistance Program Grant is the only
grant with a separate line-item budget.
- All other grant expenditures are incorporated within the
District Attorney's annual budget.
- Planned Outreach Programs were delayed due to lack of
- Clerical and storage areas are congested.
- Family Support Division files are not lockable, nor fire
- The facility has limited public access control.
- The facility lacks smoke alarms.
- Fire drills are not conducted.
- The facility occupants harbor concern for safety and
The District Attorney appears to have a positive working
relationship with the staff for which he is responsible.
- The four grants under the District Attorney's
administration are managed within the grantor's requirements.
- The Victim/Witness Assistance Grant is the only grant
within the Final County Budget with a separate line-item detail.
- The expenditures of the three grants without separate
line-item detail within the Final County Budget are difficult to
- The planned Outreach Programs incorporated within each
grant require completion.
- Areas occupied by clerical staff are at capacity, with
cramped and cluttered storage areas creating an environment for
potential safety and security problems.
- Inadequate file security within the Family Support
Division places confidential information at risk.
- Facility occupant safety and security could be
compromised by the lack of adequate public access control,
inadequate alarm systems, lack of regularly scheduled fire drills
and escape ladders not free of obstructions.
- The extensive use of exterior glass panels poses a
threat to facility security, particularly after hours.
Provide a separate line-item budget for each grant in the Final
- Complete the implementation of delayed grant Outreach
- Enlarge clerical and storage areas to reduce congestion
and improve employee safety.
- Provide lockable, fire resistant file cabinets and
secure storage areas for confidential information.
- Install a facility access control system to improve
public and employee safety and security.
- Install a smoke alarm system throughout the facility for
improved public and employee safety and security.
- Perform regularly scheduled fire drills to educate
employees in the use of fire extinguishers, evacuation ladders
and other emergency equipment.
- Post directional signs for the location of emergency
- Post operational directions at the location of each
emergency evacuation ladder.
- Provide an obstacle free landing area for each
emergency evacuation ladder.
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