Analyzing Potential Cost Savings Of A Consolidation Of The Marshal's Office With The Sheriff's

DATE: February 2, 1999 
TO: Board of Supervisors 
SUBJECT:Analyzing Potential Cost Savings Of A Consolidation Of The Marshal's Office With The Sheriff's Department 

SUMMARY:
The following recommendation directs the Chief Administrative Officer to analyze whether or not cost savings would occur from consolidating all or part of the Marshal's Office with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Recommendation(s):
CHAIRWOMAN PAM SLATER AND VICE CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB: 
Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to analyze whether or not cost savings could be achieved by consolidating all or part of the Marshal's Office with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and report back to the Board of Supervisors in 90 days.

Fiscal Impact: 
This analysis will be accomplished using budgeted funds.

Background:
Since the passage of trial court funding legislation, the State of California has assumed the funding for many costs related to the courts, including the costs of direct court security. As a result, the State now provides part of the budget for the San Diego County Marshal's office. Under trial court funding, the State covers the cost of front-line court security and supervision, such as court bailiffs and their direct supervisors. The change in trial court funding presents an opportunity to draw a clearer line between County-funded responsibilities and State-funded responsibilities.

In keeping with the Board's emphasis on providing services "faster, better, cheaper," our proposal directs the Chief Administrative Officer to determine whether or not any cost savings could occur by having the Sheriff's Department provide all or part of the Marshal's existing services. We want to focus on the economics of the comparison and any on-going savings the County could expect.

Because of its commitment to properly manage taxpayers' dollars, this Board of Supervisors has aggressively pursued ways to reduce the cost of County government while maintaining excellent service. As an example, the Board directed the Chief Administrative Officer to form the Competition and Reengineering Group to explore avenues through which the County can reduce its costs and provide the same, if not a higher, level of service.

We recommend the Chief Administrative Officer look at all options for achieving savings under this proposal, including consolidating all services under the Sheriff's Department, or just part of the Marshal's existing operations, such as the Field Services Division.

The San Diego Office of the Marshal employs 370 personnel with a total budget for 1998-1999 of $22.3 million.

As elected officials and custodians of public funds, we share an obligation to the citizens to ensure that we spend tax dollars wisely. This proposal directs the Chief Administrative Officer to determine whether all or part of the services of the Marshal can be performed for less. The San Diego County Deputy Sheriffs' Association and the San Diego Marshals' Association support our request. We urge your support.

Respectfully submitted,

DIANNE JACOB 
Vice Chairwoman, Second District

PAM SLATER 
Chairwoman, Board of Supervisors