JOHNSTOWN - A Fulton County committee wants to combine the position of county STOP-DWI Program coordinator with the job duties of the first assistant district attorney, saving the county about $4,000.
District Attorney Louise Sira this week recommended the position - previously held by longtime former program Coordinator David Wiltey - be rolled into the duties of First Assistant District Attorney Chad Brown.
She brought her recommendation, which she said would be a "natural fit," to the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee.
The STOP-DWI Program - overseen by the volunteer Traffic Safety Board - is run with money from fines collected by local courts for drinking and driving convictions.
The program is designed to foster public safety on county roads and streets, provide police overtime, develop and implement DWI education and prevention activities, and help with such programs as alcohol-free post-prom parties and the New Year's Eve Free Taxi Ride Program. The STOP-DWI program is run through Sira's office.
The committee voted to change the job duties of Brown.
The changes are subject to a full Board of Supervisors vote Nov. 13.
Sira noted Wiltey resigned from the part-time position he held for 30 years on June 15.
The annual salary for the position is $11,237.
Under the changes, Brown's annual salary would increase from $54,973 to $62,473.
Sira said the $7,500 is "fair compensation" for Brown. The change saves the county about $4,000.
"He's a salaried employee and he'll have to budget his time accordingly," she said.
Sira said having Brown absorb Wiltey's old position would reduce costs for supervising the STOP-DWI program and improve coordination within her office.
"To be frank, the district attorney's office does the bulk of the work anyway," Sira said.
She said reviewing fine collection is a large part of the STOP-DWI coordinator position.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.