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County OKs workday requirements

July 20, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week decided to only adopt standard workday requirements for elected officials, deeming the amounts of certain appointed officials too hard to quantify.

In a proposed resolution from the Personnel Committee, supervisors were asked to adopt standard workday and reporting credit for elected county officials, such as themselves, and certain appointed officials.

The elected and appointed officials have to submit three-month activity logs to the county Personnel Department in order to determine the number of days per month to be reported to the retirement system.

For example, Bleecker Supervisor David Howard submits 14 days per month working as an elected official, and Dr. John Glenn, physician for the county jail, submits three days per month working as an appointed official.

But following an executive session, an amended resolution was passed only for elected officials such as supervisors and County Coroners Margaret Luck and Art Simmons.

Excluded were appointed officials such as County Attorney Arthur Spring, Election Commissioners John Schermerhorn and Dexter Risedorph, Youth Director Charis Gray and county STOP-DWI Coordinator David Wiltey.

The board still wants to look at how to better record the workdays of certain people appointed.

"I think we have plenty of time to do this correctly," said Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Gendron.

Some of what is done with the reporting system currently is through an "honor system," said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

The state Retirement System changed its reporting requirements for elected and appointed officials who are members of the retirement system, but don't use a timekeeping system.

The board must formally adopt a standard workday and reporting credit after the first 180 days of taking office or whenever a newly appointed office is established.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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