The proposal to reduce the number of hours that magistrate court is available to the public is a curious choice. The office exists to serve the public.
"I think it's interesting that the first thing he does as chief magistrate is to try to find a way to work less," Bloom said.
Some observers find another of Pauley's priorities interesting as well.
He wants to reverse a practice instituted to improve other officials' access to records. Bloom, who was chief judge last year, ordered that all magistrate case files be kept in the magistrate clerk's office.
Pauley wants to end that.
The magistrate's office exists to serve the public.
Instead of looking for ways to make things more convenient for employees, the chief magistrate should focus on improving service to the public.