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12. B. 3.
Approval of Sexual Assault Grant Contracts
Jim Dyer, Corporation Counsel, Corporation Counsel
Resolved, that the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners does approve; the Memorandum of Understanding between the Michigan Attorney General and the Calhoun County Prosecutor; contracts for two limited term investigators; and a contract with Bronson Battle Creek to provide sexual assault advocacy services, all implementing the Public Act 166 of 2020 appropriation funding the investigation of previously untested sexual assault kits, as presented, and authorize the Administrator/Controller to sign all necessary documents on behalf of the County.
The Calhoun County Prosecutor recommends that the Board adopt the proposed resolution. The proposed agreements authorized by the resolution are in the same form as existing agreements, continue an existing program within the Prosecutor's Office, and extend the funding of that program through September 30, 2021. Jerry Stonebraker and Scott Nichols will continue in their roles as limited term investigators, and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital will continue to provide sexual assault advocacy services. The Attorney General will appoint, and pay the costs and benefits for a special assistant attorney general to work in Calhoun County to prosecute these cases.
Public Act 166 of 2020, appropriated funds to continue the existing program to investigate cases arising from untested sexual assault kits in Calhoun County.
The proposed resolution would authorize the four contracts necessary to continue this program in Calhoun County. The first is the Memorandum of Understanding with the Attorney General. This is essentially a grant agreement funding the entire program with the state agreeing to fund the placement of a special assistant attorney general in the Calhoun County Prosecutor's Office to investigate and prosecute these cases.
The other three contracts advance the objectives of the program by funding the hiring of two limited term investigators to assist with the closure of cases involving previously untested "rape kits" to identify past sexual offenders and facilitate prosecutions. These agreements continue the use of investigators Jerry Stonebraker and Scott Nichols, which were previously approved by the Board of Commissioners. A fourth contract funds sexual assault advocacy services provided by Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
The MOU provides that the County will be directly reimbursed for these costs, up to the amounts specified in Attachment A; $125,000.00 for the two investigators; $38,192.00 for Sexual assault advocacy services, and $65,000.00 in equipment supplies and investigative costs.The Attorney General directly pays $126,000.00 salary and benefits of the special assistant attorney general.
As suggested by the Commission. Rejection of the resolution would result in termination of the program.
The County Prosecutor recommends adoption of the resolution implementing and funding a continuation of the program to investigate criminal cases arising out of untested sexual assault kits.
The activities of this program are funded by the reimbursement contemplated by the MOU. No impact on the general fund is anticipated.
State County Agreement
Investigator Contract Stonebraker
Investigator Contract Nichols
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