At the recommendation of Butler County Common Pleas President Judge Thomas Doerr, the county salary board voted 4-1 in favor of creating a new probation officer position with a pay of $17.67 an hour, plus benefits and retirement.
said the county has about 160 people on electronic monitoring on any given day.He
said the house-arrest program is a money saver to the county, which is struggling with jail crowding.The price tag for housing overflow prisoners at out-of-county facilities has hovered around $1 million the past several years.
While the county has to pay the salaries of the probation officers who supervise those on house arrest, Doerr
said the client pays a $30 monthly supervision fee plus an electronic-monitoring fee of $10 to $15 a day, depending on the type of unit used.
could not have implemented the new program without boosting probation office staff, noting that the department staff supervises about 3,300 people.
The new program will run through June 30.
Commissioners said they would not commit to funding the two new positions after the state grant is spent.Doerr and Carmine Scotece, director of human resources and supervisor of the new case manager, will reapply for state funding next year if the program is successful.