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UpNorthLive on 8/2/2023 by Marc Schollett
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — Chance are that at one point in your career, coworkers left and you were stuck picking up the slack.
You do that long enough and it can lead to burnout.
If you know that feeling, then you may know what probation officers in the 86th District Court have been going through in the last two years.
The judge this morning referred to it as a crisis that lowers public safety and went to county commissioners for help.
If you ever wondered what relief looks like for probation officers, this is it.
But in order to understand why the Grand Traverse County Commissioners unanimous vote brought that relief, you have to back earlier in the meeting and back in time.
“This is a self-inflicted wound. Some of you remember back in 2021, we drastically cut our probation staff. That was in reaction to the Jail Reduction Act,” said Judge Robert Cooney.