The Consolidation of “local governments” would be the exclusive purview of Legislative and Executive branches of government. How would you reduce head count and lower other expenses in the office you seek?
Since coming to office we have we made it a priority to reduce our headcount and live within our budget as set by the County Board. We have reduced our headcount by 14% through the use of technology and implementing cost cutting procedures. The expansion of eticketing allows for ticket data to move from the squad car to the DuPage Unified Court System (DUCS) without human contact and/or potential error. Currently, over 80% of staff has been crossed trained, moving from the counter to courtroom as needed. Mandatory efiling in Civil since January of 2016 has reduced paper, files and storage. We except to implement eFiling in Criminal with the same cost savings and benefits in the coming 6 months.
What county functions, if any, would you vote to privatize?
The privatization of county functions would be the role of the Legislative and Executive Branch of government. For the record we have privatized our imaging process a number of years ago with great success and reduction to our Corporate Budget.
What should your county do — via tax policy, spending or other policy means — to promote job creation? Offer three ideas and, if they would cost money, explain how you would pay for them.
Job creation through tax policy would be the sole priority of the County Board and Chairman.
What three specific initiatives would you like to accomplish if you are elected?
Initiative 1: Continue to work with the Chief Judge and County Board on the smooth transition of bringing some of the Field Courts into the House Court. This would be a cost savings to the county. Stakeholders and defendants would be more secure with the existing House Court security. Finally, with close proximity to the clerk’s office, the payment process would be removed from the courtroom allowing for a more efficient handling of assessment procedure.
Initiative 2: Field Court check- in will be priority in the next term along with a paperless court room. Developing or purchasing a touchpad technology that will allow the defendants or witnesses to notify the court of their presence. Upon the notification to the courtroom clerk, DUCS will retrieve the electronic case file placing it in order of appearance. At the time of trial, the Court, the State and the Clerk will view the same electronic file stimulatingly. Additionally, we will request permission of the Secretary of State, for an electronic facsimile of the defendant’s driver’s license so the court can be assured of who is appearing before them.
Initiative 3: Payment of Pre-payment tickets at the window. Allowing the defendant to pay the bond with a debit or credit card and plead guilty at the time of the traffic stop.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
That Circuit Clerk’s office have been assisting the County Clerk’s office in imaging every marriage certificate since the 1800’s with no additional cost to the county.
Every month we compile a list of convicted felons that we send to the Board of Election Commissioners to have their names removed from the polling list.