Chapter 2.24
PROBATION SERVICES

Sections:

2.24.010    Establishment.

2.24.020    Administrative Rule.

2.24.030    Use of Volunteers.

2.24.040    Staff – Salaries and Benefits.

2.24.050    Volunteers – Reimbursement.

2.24.060    Status of Employees.

2.24.070    Employees – Qualifications.

2.24.080    Services – Municipal Courts.

2.24.100    Municipal and Other District Services – Fees – Credited.

2.24.110    Fees – Community Service Restitution.

2.24.120    Misdemeanant Assessment.

Cross-reference:    RCW 36.01.070

2.24.010 Establishment.

As a cost of court operation under the provisions of RCW Chapter 3.62.050, there is established a Probation Department of the Pierce County District Court (District Court) to provide presentence investigations, probation and parole services. (Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.010)

2.24.020 Administrative Rule.

For purposes of administration, the Probation Department is established as a division of the District Court. The District Court Administrator shall be responsible for implementation and management of policy and operating guidelines as established, reviewed and modified from time to time by the judges of the District Court. (Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.015)

2.24.030 Use of Volunteers.

The use of volunteers is encouraged to supplement the work of paid staff members. (Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.020)

2.24.040 Staff – Salaries and Benefits.

A.    Staff size is to be set by the Court Administrator with the approval of the judges of District Court.

B.    Salaries are to be set according to the most current Pierce County Classification and Salary Plan, to include any increases approved by the County government.

C.    Staff shall be entitled to the Leave, Insurance, Holiday Pay and Retirement Benefits established for regular Pierce County Employees.

(Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.030)

2.24.050 Volunteers – Reimbursement.

Volunteers shall be reimbursed for any unusual expenses when vouchers submitted for the expenses are approved by the Administrator as provided by Chapter 3.92 PCC. (Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.040)

2.24.060 Status of Employees.

A.    All employees of the Probation Department are employees of the District Court.

B.    The employees of the Probation Department are to be appointed or discharged by the Court Administrator. All appointments or discharges shall be made on a merit basis, without regard to political affiliation, race, creed, color or sex. New employees must successfully complete a probationary period of one year (26 accruable pay cycles) which may be extended by the appointing authority for an additional three months during which time their performance will be evaluated by their supervisor to determine if they should become a regular employee.

C.    All Probation Department employees promoted into a new position within the Depart-ment shall be subject to a one year period of probation, during which time they may be returned to their former position or a position within the Department comparable to their former position without cause. If returned to their former position or a position comparable to their former position, they shall return to the salary of the former position or the comparable position. This right shall include bumping rights against any person promoted or hired into their former position.

(Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.060)

2.24.070 Employees – Qualifications.

The qualifications for each of the positions in the Probation Department shall be determined by the Court Administrator with approval of the judges of District Court. These qualifications shall be comparable to those established for Probation Officers of comparable jurisdictions to include as a minimum a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in a related area. Employees of the Probation Department shall not engage in any outside activities which will conflict with or compromise the duties owed to the Probation Department. (Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.070)

2.24.080 Services – Municipal Courts.

The District Court Administrator is authorized, with approval of the District Court Judges, to contract with other municipal courts in Pierce County to provide presentence investigations and probation services. Probation services may be provided upon a determination by the Administrator that the County has adequate resources, personnel to provide such services, and that such contract adequately compensates the County for the cost of providing such services. (Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.080)

2.24.100 Municipal and Other District Services – Fees – Credited.

Fees paid shall be credited as an offset to the cost of the Probation Department assessable against the revenues of District Court. (Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.090)

2.24.110 Fees – Community Service Restitution.

The Probation Department may impose a fee upon all probationers eligible to participate in the Community Service Restitution Program. Said fees shall be used solely for the purpose of offsetting the cost of the Community Service Restitution Program. (Ord. 2002-103 § 1 (part), 2002; Ord. 98-98 § 1 (part), 1998; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.100)

2.24.120 Misdemeanant Assessment.

Probation service fees may be assessed of each defendant as provided by RCW 10.64.120, which states:

A.    Every judge of a court of limited jurisdiction shall have the authority to levy upon each misdemeanant a monthly assessment for services provided whenever such a person is referred by the court to the misdemeanant Probation Department for evaluation or supervision services. The assessment may also be made by sentencing judge in Superior Court when such misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor cases are heard in the Superior Court.

B.    It shall be the responsibility of the misdemeanant probation services office to implement local procedures approved by the court of limited jurisdiction to ensure collection and payment of such fees into the general fund of the city or County treasury.

C.    Revenues raised under this Section shall be used to fund programs for misdemeanant probation services and shall be in addition to those funds provided in RCW 3.62.050.

(Ord. 2006-7 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 85-4 § 1 (part), 1985; prior Code § 31.02.110)