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Mission Statement

The State's Attorney's Office is a constitutionally created independent agency. The mission of the State's Attorney's Office is to serve the public interest through the fair and honest administration of justice by exercising its responsibilities to: prosecute criminal violations in Montgomery County, educate the public with regard to criminal justice issues, provide training to lawyers for future service, address inequality and promote fairness in the criminal justice system, ensure access to the criminal justice system, promote professional relations with judges and attorneys, and further the efficient use of criminal justice resources.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the State's Attorney's Office is $19,530,025, an increase of $688,357 or 3.65 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $18,841,668. Personnel Costs comprise 96.65 percent of the budget for 154 full-time position(s) and eight part-time position(s), and a total of 159.25 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 3.35 percent of the FY21 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Safe Neighborhoods

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Information Technology Division implemented a District Court Division SharePoint team site application to assist in organizing the District Court Appeals calendar and balance attorneys' caseloads for Track One criminal appeals cases. This ensures accurate and complete information sharing and supports future enhancements to other case dockets. The application decreases inefficiencies in attorney case scheduling, thus reducing conflicts and overbooking issues with other previously scheduled District Court cases.

  • The State's Attorney's Office continues to have a robust internship program. In 2019, the internship program added over 19,000 hours of service to the office which equates to over 9.0 FTE. The internship program has students from high school, undergraduate school, law school, and recent law school graduates as participants.
  • The Information Technology Division implemented a new cloud-based Truancy Prevention Program SharePoint Application to improve interaction and communications between the State's Attorney's Office Truancy Prevention Program Unit and Montgomery County Public Schools. The Truancy Prevention Program SharePoint Application provides a "one-stop-shop" for storing, accessing, updating, and monitoring student attendance and grades.

Program Descriptions

  Administration

Staff provides central services in areas of budget, personnel, automated systems management, general office management, and public information. In addition, staff coordinates efforts and initiatives with other criminal justice agencies....

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  Prosecution Management

Prosecution Management staff coordinate case loads; schedule docket assignments; receive visitors; direct phone calls; and enter and audit data in the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for the Circuit, District, and Juvenile Courts....

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  Circuit Court Prosecution

The Circuit Court Prosecution program reviews cases for possible filing in the Circuit Court by presenting these cases to the Grand Jury for indictment or filing a Circuit Court information (charging document). After charges are filed, the State's Attorney's Office litigates these cases to disposition. Senior Assistant State's Attorneys provide...

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  Major Fraud and Special Investigations

The Major Fraud and Special Investigations Division investigates allegations of complex financial crimes such as real estate and other business investment fraud schemes for which the Police Department is unable to provide investigative resources. The division also investigates allegations of thefts involving attorneys stealing from clients, financial exploitation of elderly...

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  Victim/Witness Court Assistance

This program assists victims in criminal cases that have been designated as "victim-intensive" by virtue of the vulnerability of the victim or the type of crime. Victims receive direct court assistance from a Victim/Witness Coordinator. The coordinator guides the victim through the judicial process, provides assistance where necessary, and makes...

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  District Court Prosecution

The District Court Prosecution program prosecutes criminal cases including misdemeanor arrests, citizen complaints, and serious or incarcerable traffic offenses. The State's Attorney's Office has also implemented a Domestic Violence docket in District Court to ensure that assault cases of a domestic nature and violations of protective orders are given special...

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  District Court Screening and Mediation

The District Court Screening program resolves cases before the trial date by contacting victims and witnesses to determine what outcome they would like to obtain from the criminal justice system. This program relies on volunteers and is supervised by permanent staff. It provides victim/witness assistance by delivering information about the...

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  Juvenile Court Prosecution

The Juvenile Court Prosecution program prosecutes criminal violations committed by juvenile offenders in Montgomery County and performs a preliminary review of all cases in which a juvenile is charged with a violent crime. This includes cases which have been reviewed by the Juvenile Services Administration and then referred to the...

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Lisa Russo of the State's Attorney's Office at 240.777.7407 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages12955004.0013370509.00 13640345.00 14215252.006.3
Employee Benefits3983014.004426108.00 4346882.00 4389709.00-0.8
County General Fund Personnel Costs16938018.0017796617.00 17987227.00 18604961.004.5
Operating Expenses927942.00773325.00 933954.00 653338.00-15.5
Capital Outlay14989.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures17880949.0018569942.00 18921181.00 19258299.003.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time142.00143.00 143.00 150.004.9
Part-Time10.0010.00 10.00 7.00-30.0
FTEs150.25150.98 150.98 156.583.7
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues9417.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees5285.003800.00 3800.00 3500.00-7.9
County General Fund Revenues14702.003800.00 3800.00 3500.00-7.9
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages213986.00198509.00 198509.00 201293.001.4
Employee Benefits53723.0073217.00 73217.00 70433.00-3.8
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs267709.00271726.00 271726.00 271726.000.0
Operating Expenses88919.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures356628.00271726.00 271726.00 271726.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs3.102.87 2.87 2.67-7.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants280822.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants75806.00271726.00 271726.00 271726.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues356628.00271726.00 271726.00 271726.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures18237577.0018841668.00 19192907.00 19530025.003.7
Total Full-Time Positions146.00147.00 147.00 154.004.8
Total Part-Time Positions11.0011.00 11.00 8.00-27.3
Total FTEs153.35153.85 153.85 159.253.5
Total Revenues371330.00275526.00 275526.00 275226.00-0.1
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment4129020.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED4129020.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Administration182428912.85177026415.16
Circuit Court Prosecution864171365.00899572464.75
District Court Prosecution259288825.62282170328.13
District Court Screening and Mediation139162213.50150088813.50
Juvenile Court Prosecution210856517.50214525917.50
Major Fraud and Special Investigations5275605.005354125.00
Prosecution Management12384829.25121505110.00
Victim/Witness Court Assistance5165495.135457245.21
Total18841668153.8519530025159.25
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
FY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
PoliceGeneral Fund1415161.001561661.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended19258.00000019258.00000019258.00000019258.00000019258.00000019258.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY2141.00000041.00000041.00000041.00000041.00000041.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.000000235.000000235.000000235.000000235.000000235.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures19299.00000019534.00000019534.00000019534.00000019534.00000019534.000000