Contact: Jennifer Putney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2021
Lucido Proposes 2022 Budget Which Will Make The Prosecutor’s Office Strong Again
Mount Clemens, Michigan — This week, Macomb County Prosecutor Peter J. Lucido met with the Macomb County Finance Department, leaders from County Executive Mark Hackel’s Office, and Macomb County Commissioners to discuss the current status of the Prosecutor’s Office and future financial needs. Prosecutor Lucido stressed that public safety must be the County’s first priority. Without it, nothing else matters.
Upon being elected, Prosecutor Lucido learned that the office was woefully underfunded. The Prosecutor’s Office is acting in crisis mode due to a shortage of resources. The cost of business has increased, office technology is lagging, and the size of the office staff has not kept pace with the workload and growth of the County.
As the population of Macomb County continues to grow (up 44,000 from 2010 to 2020 according to the U.S. Census Bureau), needs only increase. Assistant Prosecutors and staff work with 27 separate law enforcement agencies across the County, including the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, which serves 6 different municipalities. The County also staffs 51 judges, referees and magistrates.
The Office needs to be made strong again, ensure justice for victims and families, and deliver it in a timely manner. The Commissioners are committed to prioritizing public safety. Lucido commends and supports the Commissioners commitment, and as such is asking for consideration of a deliberate, well-thought out, and long overdue office budget built on smart spending, without raising taxes.
Lucido’s budget request adds additional funding for 9 full-time Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, 4 part-time Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, 6 full time Administrative Staff, 5 part-time administrative staff, a new case management system and a digital evidence management system.
These positions would help Prosecutor Lucido reach Office goals and meet County needs for 2022 and beyond. He would be able to solidify top level and supervisory personnel, and restore appropriate courtroom aid for Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys.
He would also be able to adequately staff and provide training for these exceedingly important and newly created units:
- Hate Crimes Unit;
- Human Trafficking Unit;
- Conviction Integrity Unit;
- Major Crimes Unit;
- Environmental Unit.
Prosecutor Lucido would be able to make urgent and essential technology upgrades to keep pace with local law enforcement agencies, the courts, and the community as a whole. These upgrades would assist staff in processing increased caseloads and the COVID-19 created bottleneck. It would also improve document sharing between Law Enforcement Agencies, Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, and Defense Attorneys.
Prosecutor Lucido values the willingness of County leadership to listen to the needs of the Prosecutor’s Office, and appreciates the positive response expressed after learning about office operations. He expresses his sincere appreciation for the support and dedication. Their recognition of the role and needs of the office to ensure public safety first, will keep Macomb County a place to “Make Your Home.”