County approves extension

JOHNSTOWN — Extensions of three temporary positions in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department highlighted personnel matters approved by the Board of Supervisors Monday at the County Office Building.

When he first took over as Fulton County sheriff in January 2016, one of Sheriff Richard Giardino’s first moves was to make training and internal controls a priority. He asked county leaders to create temporary part-time positions from a per-diem budget.

The board on Monday approved the positions through Feb. 28, 2019.

One resolution extends the sheriff’s per diem forensic evidence instructor position, including a waiver of county residency. The instructor offers professional expertise in the field of evidence collection and preservation and storage of evidence in investigating criminal matters.

A second resolution extends the per diem investigative instructor position in the sheriff’s department. The position reviews and develops investigative regulations, techniques and systems for criminal investigation in the sheriff’s department.

The third resolution extends the training tactical position, which offers to instruct and provide tactical training to personnel in the sheriff’s department.

In other personnel matters:

∫The board issued a proclamation in memory of former Fulton County Veterans Service Agency Director Frank Ruggiero, who died May 21.

“Frank was a colleague of mine as a department head for many years,” said Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene. “I formed a bond.”

The proclamation read by Greene noted Ruggiero served off and on as county veterans director for over 23 years, starting in 1988 and ending in 2015.

“Frank was very dedicated to the veteran’s agency,” the proclamation stated.

∫Supervisors voted to place a “one dollar hold” on two caseworker positions in the county Department of Social Services. The DSS commissioner recommended the two caseworkers – who were assigned to the School Intervention Partnership Program in Gloversville — be returned to regular assignments. The Gloversville Enlarged School District discontinued the SIPP program.

∫The board removed Connie Glover, a member of the Fulton County Community Services Board, from that body for failure to file a legally-required financial disclosure statement.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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