Livingston County voters in April will decide whether to provide for a full-time prosecuting attorney.
Livingston County voters in April will decide whether to provide for a full-time prosecuting attorney. The Livingston County Commissioners have determined that submission of the full-time prosecuting attorney’s question is in the best interest of the citizens of Livingston County. There is no requirement to raise taxes to provide for the operation and proper functioning of a full-time prosecuting attorney to provide the additional Livingston County services, according to a resolution which was passed by County Commissioners Ed Douglas, Alvin Thompson and David Mapel. The ballot language will be as follows: Full-Time Prosecutor Ballot Question Shall the office of prosecuting attorney be made a full-time position in Livingston County? Voters will be asked to vote “Yes” or “No.” The position currently is a part-time position that is held by Adam Warren. The current salary for the Livingston County prosecuting attorney is $73,825. If the ballot question is approved (needing only a simple majority), the annual salary would just about double, as determined by state statute. Presiding Commissioner Douglas said that most other counties similar in size to Livingston County or larger in terms of population, assessed valuation, number of felonies, and other aspects have full-time prosecuting attorneys. “The job is just too big for it to be a half-time position,” Douglas said. The prosecuting attorney position is an elected position. The filing period for prosecuting attorney, as well as several other countywide offices, opens Feb. 27 and closes March 27. The election is Nov. 6.