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Wade Backstrom Office Administrator Mark Stodghill Projects and Initiatives Coordinator Duluth Courthouse Office Yvonne Kalin Supervisor Betty Christenson Shirley Garden Teresa Harries Rachel Lambert Diane Lundberg Jody Messner Sue Peterson Angel Ricker Corrie Voorhees Teresa White Cynthia Zuk Duluth Government Services Office Mary Fruehauf Supervisor Jackie Calvert Diane Eck Laura Erickson Tianna Zembo Virginia Office Veronica Ratliff Supervisor Patti Everson Tracy McDonald Candy Nelson Tammy Sunsdahl Hibbing Office Veronica Ratliff Supervisor Alaina Denny Char Meinzer Rachael Turk Administration Wade Backstrom leads the 27-member support staff and is responsible for human resource matters technology management and purchasing as steward of the county attorneys 7 million annual budget. Three supervisors manage highly skilled clerical teams in four locations. They are responsible for the maintenance of our case management system and lead the system administrators group of the North East Minnesota Enforcement Safety Information System NEMESIS which consists of St. Louis Carlton Cook Lake and Koochiching counties. INITIATIVES Racial Justice Improvement Project The St. Louis County Attorneys Office continued to be a leading partner in the Racial Justice Improvement Project working to eliminate racial disparities in pre-trial decisions involving accused felons in the county. The project is sponsored by a grant from the American Bar Association and support from the Bureau of Justice. Based upon data analyzed by Dr. Robert Weidner a University of Minnesota-Duluth professor the task force implemented a strategy and plan of action. Our proposed policy reform that we have worked on here was to address the racial disparity both perceived and real by a comprehensive and racially valid method of enabling judges to make more fair and equitable decisions when setting bail and other conditions of pre-trial release St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. The efforts have been complimented through a new Intensive Supervised Release initiative implemented by Arrowhead Regional Corrections and funded originally with assistance from St. Louis County Sheriff Ross Litmans budget. If a decision is made to release someone on supervised release they will now be subject to more intensive supervision. Specialty court for military veterans is studied The county attorneys office 6th Judicial District Judge Dale Harris and others who work with and support military veterans in St. Louis County have been exploring the possible creation of a specialty court for men and women who have served our country and might have special needs as the result of chemical dependency post traumatic stress disorders and other mental health issues. County Attorney Mark Rubin assigned Mark Stodghill a Vietnam veteran who serves as the offices Projects Initiatives coordinator to monitor the court proceedings involving veterans in the event that a specialty court is created. The consensus of those who provide services for military veterans is that there are currently not enough veterans appearing in court to support a full-fledged specialty Veterans Court but Judge Harris has set aside one afternoon a month to preside over veterans cases. Administration and Initiatives 8 ADMINISTRATION AND INITIATIVES 2014 ST. LOUIS COUNTY ATTORNEYS ANNUAL REPORT