Archive for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Raising the bar

New county attorney settles into post

Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County attorney.

Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County attorney.

April 1, 2009

Q: How have the first few months gone as the new Leavenworth County attorney?

A: The first few months of county attorney have been busy. When I took over I found a 30 percent backlog in cases. Our first priority was to get these cases caught up as soon as possible while taking care of emergency cases. On top of this, a lot of managerial decisions were needed in order to make the office run more efficient and effectively.

Q: Have you made any changes to the office?

A: I have made several changes. The biggest is creating a law enforcement liaison. Law enforcement officers complained about the lack of knowledge and communication going between the county attorney's office and them. This position is to help keep cases charged timely and assure the officers are aware the progress of their cases. I created an office manager and administrative assistant positions for the office and attorneys to solve the problems within the office and help the attorneys focus more on successfully prosecuting cases. I consolidated the two part time attorney positions to one full time attorney so that we could have more focus within the office on those areas of the law.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to implement in the office?

A: Our office will be looking at full time interns from nearby law schools. These interns will able to learn and experience this area of law while providing needed assistance for our office to be more productive and successful. Further, we will be wanting an investigator to help us receive better results in cases by tying up loose ends other law enforcement do not have time to assist us in. A Web site with updates on court and a place of contact is coming shortly.

Q: What's been the most challenging aspect of your new position?

A: The most challenging aspect is splitting my time between improving the office in the areas it has needed, but also doing my own case load.

Q: How can people contact your office if they have questions about any cases?

A: Anyone can contact us at 601 S 3rd Street, suite 3069, Leavenworth, 66048. Or call (913) 684-0899, fax (913) 684-1050. Our office will have a Web site with a contact to e-mail shortly.

Comments

voice01 5 years, 8 months ago

what a crock, all he has done is made people's lives miserable in the office. If he does go to court it deemed a "sighting" as he is never there! Not to mention him watching the KU games in his office since he has nothing better to do. He only wants the interns in the office so he can decide which ones he would like to date!

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michelleb 5 years, 8 months ago

This article is very misleading. It didn't interview victims whose cases have been heard, it didn't interview employees of the office, it didn't interview employees who were let go or quit since he took over, it didn't interview other criminal justice employees and ask them some of these same questions. It didn't ask follow up questions, like what is a timely manner? Of course our new county attorney thinks he is doing a good job, however that is not how others think. Mr Thompson is doing a great job of filing drug cases that have been sitting around collecting dust, and I am glad that he took that on as a much neede priority, however drugs are not the only crime being committed in our community and the other crimes are taking a back seat. Drugs are not this communities only problem.

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