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Friday, March 17, 2017

NorCo's Problem Solving Courts Gets an Administrator

Stephanie Spencer
Judicial Law Clerk Stephanie Spencer was approved by Northampton County Council last night, in a 8-1 vote, to a new hybrid role as both a law clerk to Judge Craig Dally as well as the Problem Solving Courts Administrator. Though there was some concern about what special qualifications a judicial law clerk might have as a problem courts administrator, Judge Craig Dally answered them. Spencer's initial training is in social services, and she decided on law as a second career.

She will be administering both the Drug Court and Mental Health Court.

The drug court has 33 people enrolled and two graduates. Judge Dally explained that it takes 18-24 months to complete the program. This is a post-conviction court.

Mental health court has just 14 participants, but there are six graduates. This is a diversionary court in which charges are dismissed after successful participation.

Efforts are under way to enroll veterans in both courts.

Fisher's salary will increase from $67,425 to $77,566, a $10,141 increase.

A courthouse rumor that her new salary will be over $100,000 is inaccurate.Her combined salary and benefits will be $104,276.

Council President John Cusick, the sole No vote, noted that other counties are paying more money.

Updated 11:55am: I apologize for calling Stephanie Spencer By the name Stephanie Fisher. Since I had her confused with a famous actress, my penalty should've minor.

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