The Ward County State’s Attorney says her office is running at half the normal staff size, and no one is applying to fill the open attorney slots.
Ward County commissioners today approved a plan to deal with the problem.
The county will offer higher salaries and fill fewer of the open positions.
That will keep the plan from busting the existing budget.
State’s Attorney Roza Larson says the current salary structure is not keeping pace with what attorneys can make in other counties.
Human Resources director Robin Finneseth says without the pay rate changes the county may not be able to keep up with its legal obligations.
(Robin Finneseth, Ward County Human Resources Director) “It’s anticipated that we will continue to lose more assistant state’s attorneys and we will be unable to bring cases to court in a timely manner as required by the judges.”
As of May First, the State’s Attorney office will have only four of nine attorney positions filled.
Larson says she hopes the new salary structure will attract applicants for the open slots.