Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

January 31, 2017
Agenda Report # 4

TO: Mayor and Councilors

SUBJECT: FY17 Public Defender Contract Amendment

INITIATED BY: Finance Department

Recommendation: Approval is requested to the amend the agreement for Indigent Defense Services between Circuit Public Defender Office of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit and Muscogee County for additional services to Recorder’s Court for Muscogee County from February 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017 in the total additional amount of $136,799; to authorize additional payment to Georgia Public Defender Council (GPDC) for $109,268.00 and authorize direct payment of additional personnel and operating expenses in the amount of $27, 531; and to authorize the Mayor or City Manager to have signature authority.

Background: The Circuit Public Defender currently provides public defender personnel in Superior and Juvenile Court paid in monthly installments to the GPDSC for a total of $1,187,699. These services include payroll, fringe benefits, training, travel, computer hardware, computer software and legal research software. In addition, support staff and operational expenses are funded directly in the CCG FY17 budget for a total of $454,282.

This amendment provides for indigent defense services to Recorder’s Court with the addition of two attorneys, one investigator, an attorney for Saturday/Holiday sessions at $150 per session paid directly to the attorney assigned to each session ($3,230), supplements for the Chief Public Defender and Chief Assistant Public Defender, and operating expenses for the 5 months remaining the FY17, February 2017-June 2017. The GPDC is paid monthly for the state funded attorneys plus a 5% administrative fee. The city provides the investigators and operating expenses. The prorated share for the other counties will not change. Muscogee County’s share will increase from $1,482,494 to $1,619,293.

Analysis: The Circuit Public Defender, City Attorney’s Office and the Finance Department have reviewed this contract.

Financial Considerations: The amendment will require additional funding.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: This is an annual contract.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to enter into this contract.

Recommendations/Actions: Adopt attached Resolution authorizing the Contract Amendment and increased payments to GPDC as outlined above.