Thursday, February 09, 2006


Sheriff, Judicial consolidation bill through State House

This is going to be controversial, but I think it is extremely important that we take advantage of the opportunity that Katrina has presented us to streamline some old school systems in town. This article points out some perfect examples. I don't believe other cities have separate Civil and Criminal court systems, which require their own staff, buildings, etc. This is a no-brainer, and they should be consolidated. Same with the sherriff departments (which is different from the NOPD). Criminal Sheriffs run the city jail, and Civil Sheriffs provide support to the civil district court. There's no reason that those offices can't be combined, providing us with some savings in tax dollars.

The next big combinations that are down the pipe a ways are combining the seven elected assesors for Orleans parish, and of course consolidating the levee boards.

Katrina disaster seen as chance to fix New Orleans bureaucracy

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