New Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson wasn’t kidding when she promised dramatic changes.
Reporting by the Star-Telegram’s Mitch Mitchell showed that 42 full- and part-time employees in the DA’s office resigned or were let go between Oct. 24 and Feb. 23. That includes 26 full-time prosecutors, 17 percent of the DA’s staff attorneys.
Some departures were voluntary, motivated by policy changes such as mandatory weekday office hours from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — without exception. Other employees had no choice about their exit.
Wilson says the restructuring is intended to “achieve a more efficient use of the office’s resources while reducing overall operating costs to the taxpayers.”
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Among other things, she is reducing management staff to make more line attorneys available to prosecute cases.
Change is never a universally bad thing, particularly if the result is a more effective office. But high turnover and dramatic adjustments can also cause problems, like cases falling through the cracks.
Will Wilson’s changes bring efficiency or chaos? It begs watching.