Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:58 PM by Robin O'Day (KPAX News)
Updated: Apr 13, 2012 7:21 AM
MISSOULA- There's a new judge in town and she's going to make sure those who owe the city money, pay up.
If your fines were pardoned in the past, you may not be so lucky this time around.
"Judge Jenks runs the court much differently than her predecessor and that's resulting in, I think, more fines and collection of fines. It's a big deal and a big change," Missoula Mayor John Engen explained.
Engen says Judge Kathleen Jenks and her crew will be revamping procedures and policies, which means big bucks for the city. He's planning on a total of $500,000 to be generated from this tougher style of management in the Fiscal year of 2013.
Mayor Engen says he expects a slight spike and then a steady increase in city fines to come.
Unlike the budget, this new management is not left up for debate.
You can expect increased court generated fines and surcharges.
Judge Jenks replaced Don Louden as municipal court judge last November.