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County commission agrees to hire assistant prosecuting attorney

A new employee will be joining the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

County commissioners agreed Tuesday to make an exception to their self-imposed hiring freeze and approve the request sought by Prosecutor John McDonough.

In a memo to commissioners, McDonough indicated the need for an assistant prosecuting attorney is essential in order to perform day-to-day duties, which include handling criminal and neglect/abuse cases.

He added that there is no feasible way to adjust caseloads between the other four prosecuting attorneys. In addition, McDonough stated that without the additional staff member, charging decisions could be limited, resulting in a potential court backlog from being unable to schedule due to personnel shortage.

Starting pay will be just shy of $50,000 annually, plus benefits.

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