Brown County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday that will allow District Attorney Micheal Murray to apply for a grant that will fund a victims witness coordinator.
Murray told the commissioners the grant is for $39,000 each year for two years and would start in 2008, if funded. The $39,000 would cover the salary of a full-time person to work with victims of violent crimes, and also afford a computer and other expenses involved in funding the position, including the clerical and auditing work involved in managing the grant funds.
Murray said right now the victims assistance duties are carried out by Natalie Calleros, who has other duties with the 35th District. If the grant is awarded, Murray said, the position would be full time for another person for as long as there were grant funds available. He said he assumed that if the grant were awarded through 2009, the county could reapply in 2009 for another two-year grant.
The deadline for filing for the grant is Friday, Murray said.
A victims witness coordinator works with victims of violent crimes in a variety of ways, Murray said.
“That person would be an advocate for the victim,” Murray said. “For instance, if the person has been hospitalized as a result of being the victim of a crime, there are hospital expenses the state is supposed to pay through different funding sources. But that can get complicated to figure out, and the victims witness coordinator will be able to help.”