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Montgomery County eyes two to replace director

September 12, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA -The Montgomery County Health and Human Services Committee listened Tuesday to plans and suggestions from Dwight Schwabrow, the county's emergency management director and fire coordinator, on how to handle the division of labor once he retires.

Schwabrow, who has been the emergency management director since January 2011, said in August he would step down from the position by the end of September.

Schwabrow and members of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed how to handle finding two replacements because Schwabrow filled two positions.

Brian Sweet, Root supervisor and Public Safety Committee chairman, said it would be hard to find one person to handle both positions.

St. Johnsville Supervisor Dominick Stagliano said he was curious what Schwabrow thought the board was trying to do in relation to the job search.

Schwabrow responded by saying they were filling the emergency management director position.

"I don't know what you're doing with the fire coordinator," Schwabrow.

Schwabrow said there was concern in the firefighter community about what would be done to find a fire coordinator. Schwabrow said only one job vacancy has been posted so far, for the emergency management director position.

Sweet said both positions may be moved into the Department of Public Works, with the budgets and grants merging with the DPW's.

Schwabrow said that he was not concerned with the budgets being cut while under DPW.

"I firmly believe [they] can be segregated out," Schwabrow said.

Sweet said the board is confident it can find a replacement for Schwabrow by the end of the month.

Schwabrow, holding his two positions, did "full-time work for part-time pay," according to Stagliano.

"You were a really lucky find," Stagliano said.



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