what's going to happen if the department can't pay its employees? We have confirmed that is an issue the department may be facing. A manager for the County Auditor's office says Adult Probation is low on money, and has come close to not meeting payroll.
"In 2007 there was a surplus of three million dollars. Last year, there was a surplus of one million dollars. In 2011 they have a cushion of 64 to 69-thousand dollars," Defense Attorney Theresa Caballero said.
Caballero told us she saw a financial update that showed for the past few years Adult Probation has been blowing through budget.
"In December the Probation Department, it said this in the financial report, was 48-hours away from not being able to make payroll," she said.
A source within county government says the probation department's financial trouble is the reason its oversight committee, the Council of Judges, called an emergency meeting. We were immediately booted from the room, and when the meeting was over we were told Stephen Enders, the Director of the Probation Department, was going on vacation until he retires May first. ...
Our source tells us the Council of Judges wasn't happy about the financial situation and that the vacation was forced.No way to tell from this intriguing tidbit exactly what's going on, but the final lines of the story say the department may seek a state bailout if it runs out of funds. I've sent off an open records request to the county auditor for the referenced report, so perhaps we'll know more in a few days if I can get my hands on it.