Officials waive start rate for per diem nurses

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday temporarily waived the start rate for per diem nurses at the county Correctional Facility because the county is dealing with an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak there.

Sheriff Richard Giardino reported a recent outbreak at the jail impacting both staff and inmates.

The board on Monday at the County Office Building authorized Giardino to hire per diem registered nurses (2019 start rate $24.42 per hour, 2019 one-year rate $28.73 per hour); and per diem licensed practical nurses (2019 start rate $18.20 per hour, 2019 one-year rate $21.41 per hour) in “this instance only” to deal with the outbreak.

Waiving the start rate was retroactive to March 31 and runs through the end of the year.

“The Fulton County Correctional Facility is in need of additional registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic and other health-related tasks on a per diem basis,” the resolution said.

In other personnel action Monday by the board:

∫ Supervisors voted to waive the Fulton County residency rule for the hire of four positions within the county. Personnel Director Theresa Souza recommended that applicants who are not residents of Fulton County be considered for certain positions. The residency rule was waived to hire these positions from contiguous counties: caseworker, social welfare examiner and account clerk/typist.

Public health nurses are also allowed to be hired statewide, according to Monday’s action.

∫ Appointed to the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Development Board were: Elijah Braemer, Laurie Bargstedt, Peter Stearns, Kathleen Kilmartin, Lani Pertell, Kerry Brunner, Andrea Fettinger and Allene Monaghan.

∫ The board authorized a contract with Erin Esler to provide preschool education, ages three to five — itinerant-related services — through the county Public Health Department. She will be paid through Dec. 31 at a rate of $55 per half hour, $65 per hour or more.

∫ Supervisors approved temporary backfill of an employment coordinator position, and a principal social welfare examiner, position in the Department of Social Services with lower level titles.

∫ Cheryl Galarneau, county probation director, was appointed to the Fulton County Traffic Safety Board through December 2023.

∫ The board voted to make a payment of no more than $2,900 to the St. Johnsville Police Department for training reimbursement for the hiring of a deputy in the sheriff’s department. Giardino is considering hiring a new deputy currently employed as a police officer in St. Johnsville.

∫ A resolution passed creating a full-time sheriff position and placing a “one dollar hold” on a temporary deputy position.

∫ The board reclassified a senior mechanic position to maintenance worker and abolished a custodial worker position in the county Highways and Facilities Department.

By Patricia Older