One of seven Butler County district attorney posts was saved Wednesday in a narrow vote by the county salary board.
County Commissioners Bill McCarrier and Dale Pinkerton sided with District Attorney Richard Goldinger to save the full-time job despite losing grant funding to pay for it.
Goldinger said the attorney, who deals with domestic abuse cases, is essential.
He said it would be better to pay the expense of replacing a grant-funded job with a permanent one.
“To me, that’s the only viable option we have,” he said.
Commissioner Jim Eckstein and Controller Jack McMillin dissented in the 3 to 2 vote.
McMillin criticized the move to retain the assistant district attorney while the Victims Outreach Intervention Center struggles to offset the loss of its share of the grant.
“We keep the attorney,” he said. “We protect the lawyer’s job.”
McCarrier said the county is considering VOICe’s request to receive more funding to help offset the loss of the grant.
A two-year, $400,000 federal grant would have paid 90 percent of Assistant District Attorney Richard Bosco’s salary and benefits. The job pays $34.65 an hour.