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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty District Attorney's office is seeking stimulus money to help fight crime. Currently the D.A.'s office, made up of both state-paid and county-paid employees, is facing furloughs for state workers and hiring freezes for several positions provided by the county. So, the office is asking the county commission for permission to go after federal grant money to pay for four positions for a one year period.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Cohilas says the case load in certain areas in the office has tripled. "That is due to an increase in crime as well as us having a reduced level of manpower, us being subjected to furloughs from the state, us having to freeze certain positions because of the current, unfortunate, financial crisis," said Cohilas.

If the two grants are approved, the money would provide funding for salaries and benefits for two Victim Advocates, an attorney and an investigator.

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