Fulton County passes several personnel items

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved several personnel items, including one for a state union leader who works for the county Probation Department.

The board authorized a paid leave of absence for Fulton County Probation Officer Ronald Briggs to accommodate his service as president of the Civil Service Employees Association’s Region 4. He was first elected to a four-year term starting March 1, 2016.

The CSEA sent a request to the county Personnel Department to grant a leave of absence for Briggs.

Briggs has been granted previous leave of absence time, and his latest leave is authorized for a period not to exceed one year, effective March 1, 2018 and running through Feb. 28, 2019.

The resolution approved Monday by supervisors at the County Office Building says the CSEA reimburses Fulton County for Briggs’ full salary and total of fringe benefits, including but not limited to Social Security, Medicare, health and dental insurance costs and state retirement system costs.

Briggs headed Fulton County’s CSEA general unit union for many years, last assisting the 260-member union achieve a three-year contract in June 2015.

In other county personnel matters Monday:

∫ The board voted to reallocate the salary rate for the deputy superintendent of facilities position. Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost requested the board review the allocation of the position within the non-union salary structure. Two board committees recommended the salary of deputy superintendent of facilities be reallocated due to relation to other administrative positions and corresponding salaries within the department.

Supervisors increased the annual salary from $51,091 to $57,633.

∫ Supervisors reclassified a skilled laborer position to maintenance mechanic in the Solid Waste Department effective immediately, the skilled laborer position paying a rate of $17.03 per hour was reclassified to maintenance mechanic, paying a rate of $19.12 per hour.

∫ The board waived the starting rate for an assistant district attorney position. The resolution indicated a recently-hired assistant district attorney has three years experience as a prosecutor in the state of Florida. District Attorney Chad Brown requested the annual start rate of $53,251 for the position be waived. The board did that, directing a one-year rate of $59,569 in this instance, effective May 1.

∫ The board also issued a proclamation declaring May as “Older Americans Month” in Fulton County.

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born read the resolution, urging everyone to “celebrate older adults who greatly contribute to the community.”

By Kerry Minor

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