Board of County Commissioners

Posted on: July 14, 2016

Statement from Lucas County Commissioners Re: City of Toledo v. CCNO, et al.

The Lucas County Commissioners have, as core policy values, community safety and the efficient and fair administration of justice. The Commissioners have pursued those values consistently, working cooperatively in the region to fashion an approach to criminal justice that promotes community safety in a context of shared responsibility, enlightened policies, and fiscal accountability.

Despite a 25-year partnership that served the community well and created stability, the City of Toledo chose to disrupt the partnership. In doing so, the City has repudiated the sense of shared responsibility and has replaced stability with upheaval and disrepair. The City of Toledo did so in the midst of nearly two years of efforts by Lucas County to work collaboratively for the cause of safety and justice, an effort that has brought Lucas County national recognition as an innovative and forward-thinking government.

Lucas County believes the ruling by Judge Lewis is incorrect legally and unsound as a matter of public policy. Because of the grave legal and policy questions involved in the case, and the County’s belief that the court’s ruling is incorrect legally, the County intends to appeal that ruling. Lucas County will abide by the decision for so long as it stands, and our intention in doing so is to ensure that the community’s interests remain securely protected, despite the ruling and the subsequent actions of the City of Toledo.

The City’s declared strategy to default on its 3rd quarter payment to CCNO, thus effectively withdrawing from CCNO, jeopardizes CCNO’s ability to operate.

Therefore, in order to maintain the stability of the system, protect community safety, and effectively and safely manage the shared criminal justice system Lucas County, commits to contract with CCNO for 100 additional beds. Lucas County also commits to continuing and strengthening its partnership with all of the municipal and county judges that serve the people of Lucas County to effectively manage and reallocate resources to insure the twin goals of community safety and justice are met.

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