The Administrative Services Section is responsible for Budget, Cost/Audit, Agenda Staff Reports, Purchasing, and Real Property Units. The Budget Unit develops and monitors the Department’s Five-Year Strategic Financial Plan and 20 departmental budgets, which total over $706 million. For each of the departmental budgets, the budget analyst works with the various 21 Divisions and conducts ongoing financial analysis and forecasts that assists the departments Executive Command in operational decision making. This information is also used for the overall development of the each fiscal year’s annual budget for inclusion in the overall County budget. The key department revenues sources are Proposition 172 sales tax, the new Criminal Justice Realignment Revenue (Assembly Bill 109), contract city revenues, grants, and other State and Federal funds.
The Cost/Audit Unit develops cost studies for law enforcement services provided to County and Municipal Agencies who contract with the Sheriff-Coroner as well as create or update other special rates and fees in order to ensure full cost recovery. In addition, this unit coordinates all internal and external audits for the department and ensures that we are in compliance with all fiduciary requirements. The Agenda Staff Reports (ASR) Unit is responsible for coordinating the completion of ASR’s which require Board of Supervisors’ approval and coordinates the financial related California Public Record Act requests.
The Purchasing Unit is responsible for establishing, processing, and monitoring vendor contracts for all services, supplies, and equipment required by the divisions. The Real Property Unit provides real property acquisitions, property management services, site searches, lease and license negotiations, and rent studies for the Department.