One of the board’s tasks will be developing a comprehensive plan that will establish an annual operating budget and ways to monitor funds and prepare reports the public defender commission will use to determine the county’s compliance with reimbursement regulations.
Cass County Commissioner Ralph Anderson said the county has explored taking advantage of this opportunity in the past, but large caseloads and noncompliance with other regulations prevented it from being eligible.
A report released by the state public defender commission earlier this month states of the $406,155 the county spent on public defense in 2012, $264,051 would have been eligible for a 40 percent reimbursement, meaning the county would have received $105,620 from the state had it applied for the program.
“We would have qualified across the board,” Anderson said.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or email@example.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK