St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak
St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak (July 18, 2012)
County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak introduced the ordinances in June in an attempt to keep deputy prosecutors from leaving the prosecutor's office for higher paying positions elsewhere, including in the public sector.
Addressing the board, Dvorak
described the situation as an "emergency," noting that five mid-level deputy prosecutors had left the office in recent months to take higher paying jobs elsewhere, despite the inclusion of a 3 percent pay raise for all county employees in the current county budget.
"The concern I have, gentleman, is a public safety concern," he
"When those mid-level prosecutors leave, those complex cases fall on the backs of the remaining attorneys," some of whom are not as experienced.
According to Dvorak
, compared to the average state-paid rate of $58,536 for a deputy prosecutor, the 29 prosecutors targeted in the ordinances make, on average, about $51,445 annually, or about 12 percent less.
The ordinances seek to bring that average up to about $55,000, he