Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that he is cutting 10% of his office budget in response to the county budget crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The budget reduction is a combination of furloughs and pay cuts.  Some staff members are furloughed for 2 weeks and others are furloughed for 3 months.  For those employees whose job responsibilities do not allow for furloughs, they will take a pay cut.  Mr. Deters will take a pay cut as well.”  Mr. Deters will continue to review the situation, and if county finances do not improve significantly, further reductions may be necessary.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Deters commented, “This office is unique in that we literally must staff every courtroom for the judges.  We need a minimum amount of prosecutors to be able to do our job.

For us to make this drastic reduction is not only a painful process professionally, but also a painful process personally.  I do not make this decision lightly.  My decision today not only affects my staff but also the public we serve.  Rest assured that we remain as dedicated as ever to making sure that we do our job to keep Hamilton County a safe community.”