GRANDVIEW - Like Sunnyside before it, the Grandview City Council has approved a probation services agreement with Yakima County.
Council made the decision during its meeting on Monday evening, Oct. 3. Grandview Municipal Court has, until now, utilized its own probation services.
The agreement with Yakima County, noted Grandview Municipal Court Judge Rick Kimbrough, will provide enhanced services such as monitoring of those on probation.
Monitoring will include checking to see if probation terms, such as classes and counseling, are being met.
"County probation will monitor to see if other crimes are committed while a person is on probation," Kimbrough noted. He added that additional services offered by the county range from special education programs for shoplifters to defensive driving classes.
"Domestic violence cases typically involve the victims at some point requesting that a no contact order be terminated," Kimbrough said. County probation, he continued, offers a counseling service to help victims make the best decision for their physical safety.
Kimbrough noted that the county's probation services are at no cost to the city. Grandview's only requirement, he explained, is to provide a work space for the probation officer when he or she is in town.
Fees to fund the probation services are paid directly to Yakima County by the defendant. "They accept payment on a sliding scale based on the defendant's income level," Kimbrough explained.
Mayor Pro Tem Pam Horner asked if the county would be able to handle the increased workload of Grandview's probation needs.
Kimbrough replied that he had received assurances from Yakima County that it would be able to handle the city's probation cases.
Besides Sunnyside, and now Grandview, it also appears Toppenish will contract for probation services with the county by the end of this year, added Grandview City Attorney Jack Maxwell.
Council authorized Mayor Norm Childress to sign the probation agreement, which also requires signatures from Yakima County commissioners.