JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday voted to approve two more years of state-mandated salary increases for District Attorney Louise Sira, but this time the county doesn't have to wonder who will pay for them.
"The state is paying for this increase," said Bleecker Supervisor David Howard, chairman of the board's Personnel Committee.
The board in May narrowly granted Sira a state-mandated raise from $119,800 per year to $140,300, but only for the first year paid by the state. The state has a three-year plan to grant district attorney raises, but supervisors in May only approved one year because there was too much uncertainty about how much reimbursement the state will provide in future years.
In accordance with state Judiciary Law, the full-time district attorney has to receive an equal annual salary equivalent to the county judge salary in that county. The state's 2012-13 budget mandates increases to judges equaling 27 percent implemented over a three-year period. Supervisors have learned the state budget also includes full district attorney state reimbursement for 2012, 2013 and 2014, amounting to 41 percent.
The board resolved that Sira's salary be boosted to $146,400, effective April 1, 2013. The salary then will be increased to $152,500 effective April 1, 2014.
In other personnel matters approved by the board Monday:
Department Superintendent Mark Yost made the recommendation for reasons of "economy and efficiency." The positions paid $13.42 per hour.
An account clerk position in the county Public Health Department also was abolished.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.