DA titles, pay to be equalized

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is getting rid of numbers in front of its second and third assistant district attorney titles.

The office for decades has had numerical titles in front of certain assistant district attorneys.

But District Attorney Chad Brown on Monday requested a resolution to rename the second and third assistants to simply “assistant district attorney” and reset the salary to the same amounts. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee approved the resolution, which goes before the full board Monday for final approval.

Base salaries for both positions would be $59,569.

“This allows me a little more flexibility for certain things,” Brown said.

Present salaries for the positions are: second assistant — 62,648; and third assistant — $56,490. Both positions have similar duties in the office.

“They’re both relatively close as far as [county service],” Brown said.

He said the duty statements for each position filed with the county Personnel Department is essentially the same. Typically, he said the second and third assistant positions are filled with attorneys who have some experience as an attorney, but typically no more than three years at the time they are hired.

Currently, the office is staffed by District Attorney Brown, and First Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis at the top. Other assistants are Christopher Stanyon, Katie Buckley and William Berger.

Brown said the change creates an environment in which the assistant district attorney will be considered for promotion based on merit. He also said that having a set salary for both positions should encourage “retention and stability” because the assistant district attorney will receive step increases in their salary the longer they remain employed in the county.

On another matter, Brown received committee approval seeking application for a $10,000 Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee 2017-18 Crackdown Grant.

“I’m just requesting permission now to apply,” he said.

Brown said notification was received Aug. 16 from the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation Board that funding was available. The grant would offset local police agencies’ patrol costs during the crackdown period of Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018.

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

By Patricia Older

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