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IIIn[] IlnnlnUl lUW muuun .... -" ...... Indian Valley Record Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 3A Dan McDonald administrator second. Staff Writer He said he wanted to dmcdonald@plumasnews.com change the department's cul- ture. And he led by example David Hollister's first year immediately tackling a as Plumas County's district backlog of cases. Hollister attorney has been a pretty handled all of the felony, ju- wild ride. But he has em- venile and drug court cases. braced the challenges. He took on all the in-custody "In my 20 years as a prose- charging. cutor I cannot say I have wit- "I just thought that's how nessed a more challenging prosecutors ought to work," time," Hollister said. "By the Hollister said. same token, it has been re- Some of the scores of Hol- warding and invigorating." lister's other changes includ- When the state was divvy- ed making himself available ing up hundreds of millions 24 hours a day, so that fletec- of dollars to help counties tives or California Highway pay for criminal justice re- Patrol officers could reach alignment, Plumas County's him for help with search war- share was relatively tiny -- rants. just $264,000 for a job that He deputized Environmen- could potentially cost mil- tal Circuit Prosecutor Matt lions. Carr to provide expertise in The district attorney's and complex environmental liti- public defender's offices got gation. just $5,512 of the county's al- He established a working lotment ... and they had to relationship with the Shasta share it. County District Attorney's "ff you know any attorneys Office investigators, who can who will work for $2,500 a provide covert investigations year, send them my way," in workers' compensation Hollister joked said last sum- fraud cases. mer. "Obviously if I send a Despite the scant funds and deputy or (local) investigator increased workload from As- out, everybody knows them," sembly Bill 109, Hollister said Hollister said. "If we want to he is proud of what his office catch somebody cheating the has achieved in his first year county and the state on a on the job. workers' comp claim, I need "When I took office (Jan. 3, to get someone from another 2011), I could not have imag- area." ined I would be met with the Hollister said using Shasta worst economy since the County investigators doesn't Great Depression and the al- cost Plumas County a dime, teration of roughly 500 crimi- "because they are able to nal statutes to impose re- count our investigations to- alignment and transfer state ward a state grant that they obligations to the county," receive." Hollistersaid. Hollister's long list of Hollister has worked to re- felony convictions since he shape the district attorney's took office is a testament to office. The changes started at his "prosecutor-first" philos- the top. He shifted his role to ophy. But there's also the ad- be a prosecutor first and an ministration side. And that David Hollister means running a department on a shrinking budget. "I've tried all the way through this to make sure that these (changes ~nd im- provements) come at no cost to the county," Hollister said. "Because, as you know, we just don't have it." Hollister praised the coun- ty's assistant district attor- neys and his office staff for taking on a growing work- load despite making "much less" money than they could earn in other counties. He said keeping good people is an ongoing challenge. "I'm constantly worried about that. I can tinker with things, but I just can't make our pay competitive," he said. "That was OK when no- body else in the state had money. But now with the ur- ban counties having the in- flux of (AB 109) money, peo- ple are hiring again. So that constantly worries me." He said one of his depart- ment's biggest accomplish- ments was setting up a case- management system to moni- tor the inmate realignment. Inmates considered "non-vio- lent" became responsibility to ppeal MediCal injunction Delaine Fragnoli would seek a stay of the in- a decision could come with- . Managing Editor junction from the 9th Circuit in a month. dfragnoli@plumasnews.comCourt of Appeals. The state's announcement :: =, A source close :to.the case follows a Dec. 28 ruling by :a The Cabifornia Depart- says the appeal could be district court judgeto tem- ment of Health Services an- filed as early as this week. porarily halt MediCal cuts nounced last Wednesday, How soon the court acts from takingeffect. Jan. 4, that it would "imme- would depend on a number The cuts threaten t'o diately" appeal the prelimi- of factors: when the state reduce services at or even naryinjunctionhaltingMed- files, how it files and the close facilities at Seneca iCal cuts to skilled nursing court's caseload. If the state Healthcare District and facilities. The state said it asks for an emergency stay, Eastern Plumas Health Care. 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"We get a daily inmate list so we can keep track of who is pending trial, who are our time servers and who are the long-term time servers the people who are going to be there for two or three years." Hollister said the county jail, which has a maximum capacity of 67 inmates, is al- ready up to 44. "It's filling up faster than we thought," Hollister said. "We projected it would be 18 months before the jail was filled. And I think we'll be lucky if we get to a year." Hollister joined Sheriff Greg Hagwood during sever- al of Hagwood's townhall meetings designed to educate residents on the impact of AB 109. "I particularly want to thank Sheriff Hagwood for his outstanding service," Hollister said. "Greg is an outstanding advocate for Plumas County and a tireless worker. We are fortunate to have him as our sheriff." Hollister has proven to be tireless himself. He regularly devotes his personal time to helping the community. It's not uncommon to see him working weekends or con- ducting courthouse field trips for school children. Education is important to the district attorney. He con- ducts a summer internship programfor law students. He also offers help to local high school students. "We help seniors through- out the county with their se- nior project," Hollister said. "They job-shadow me, and then I'll help them with a mock trial for their project, which we video tape." Hollister said he considers. community service an impor- Depression. And we have a tant part of his duties, budget that mirrors that," "I think it helps break Hollister said. "When you down the barriers (with law add the public safety realign- enforcement) that may be up ment which is just re- there," Hollister said. "We markable in scope it's a want to be more accessible." challenge every day. 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