Executive Committee Continues Analysis Of Sheriff’s Department Audit

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee had the opportunity to ask further questions over an operational analysis of the sheriff’s office Tuesday. Last month, Matrix Consulting Group presented the final draft report to the county bound. The California firm was hired to evaluate staffing levels; service contracts such as food, medical and US Marshal Holds as well as budgeting and financial procedures.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Supervisor David Guckenburger noted the lack of information detailing jail staff overtime. He pointed to a specific line within the report that states (quote) “overtime data specific to the jail was requested and was unavailable.” Matrix Consulting Group President Richard Brady says the reason for overtime is not recorded within the county’s human resources information system so it cannot be analyzed. However, he says his team did look at aggregate overtime and found it was well within the standards of what they have seen conducting similar reviews of other jail’s for decades.

The analysis also reviewed the chief deputy position, something that was not originally agreed upon in the RFP. Supervisor Donna Maly says the report (quote) “deviated” from what was supposed to be a review of all positions to focus on the chief deputy. She questioned Brady as to why. Brady says several people brought up concerns over the chief deputy’s time used outside of the county. He says it was important enough to look at that issue more closely and if his team did not review it, there would be raised questions.

Matrix Consulting Group will be providing the county with all their data used to complete the report. Once that is done, which should be by month’s end, the External Audit Committee will review it.

Click here to read report: https://www.co.dodge.wi.gov/home/showdocument?id=34201