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These notes were taken by an Okanogan County Watch volunteer. Every attempt is made to be accurate. Notes are verbatim when possible, and otherwise summarized or paraphrased.
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03.26.2024 Tues PM BOCC

Meeting Highlights: 

  • auto purchases over $50,000 subject to competitive bid

  • Corrections officer after first year reports shifting staff around, wants more interaction with inmates, less filling out forms, is consulting with Tribes on mental health

  • Sheriff’s office and Omak Police Dept. seek grant to employ mental health worker; sheriff urges collaboration between agencies to prepare for “a huge fire season”

  • Prosecutor presents new Bar Association guidelines for gradual reduction of average public defender caseloads from 150 to 47, anticipates need to prioritize offenses affecting public safety

  • Court Clerk reports 15-year record number of state filings

  • Green waste accepted at landfill free of charge thanks to air quality grant

  • Assessor hopeful state proposal to lower property tax passes next session

  • Coroner’s office faces certification hassle, prepares building swap

  • Planning director applauded, called “toughest-skinned person of the year” after taking heat for zone code revision, wants to get permit software running

  • Ag Dept.’s $17,500 grant to cover Fair program

  • Commissioners to draw up agreement for opioid settlement spending; fund administrator’s report forthcoming

  • ARPA dollars to pay for recruiting defense attorneys

  • Commissioners Hover and Branch conjecture on implications of indigent defense legislation proposals, Hover says there’s room for NAACP to get involved.

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