Meters Running for Public Defenders
O'Keefe and other employees in the Public Defender's Office have to plug their parking meters every two hours each workday. Each time they do, they are reminded of a Boone County-owned parking lot less than 100 yards away.
The county owns four parking lots in downtown Columbia: three are within 100 yards of O'Keefe's office, while the other is just a few blocks away.
County employees park in those lots for free, but public defenders can't because, a county spokeswoman said, there are not enough spaces there.
So, O'Keefe and other public defenders get nickel and dimed just to go to work. And, even when she does feed her meter, O'Keefe said parking officers still ticket her for not moving her vehicle from one space to another.