State mandate increases DA’s salary

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on May 13 set the district attorney’s salary in accordance with state mandates.

“The word mandate is pretty obvious,” said Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene.

The resolution approved at the County Office Building notes that according to state Judicial Law, any county’s district attorney should receive an annual salary equivalent to that of a county judge in the county the district attorney is elected.

To comply with the state mandate, the 2019 salary of Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown was increased from $197,000 to $200,400, retroactive to April 1. It was noted that the district attorney’s salary used to be set by the county, until state mandates started coming down.

In another matter out of Brown’s office, supervisors waived the start rate for an assistant DA position. It was noted Brown “has been experiencing difficulty in filling positions” for ADAs in his office. Brown suggested the $53,301 start rate be waived to “promote recruitment,” in favor of the one-year rate of $62,707.

Supervisors also waived the $42,949 start rate for a new fourth ADA, in favor of a one-year rate of $50,528. The recently-hired staffer has 14 years experience, including three as a special prosecutor.

In other personnel matters from Monday:

∫ The board passed a resolution in memory of former Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Michael Tesi, who passed away April 12. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors from January 1984 to March 1995. Prior to his service as a supervisor, Tesi served 10 years as a First Ward councilman for Gloversville.

“Supervisor Tesi was devoted to his public service duties with a caring attitude, earning a reputation as a true ‘ward supervisor,’ always in touch with his neighborhood constituents,” the resolution said.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead called Tesi a “gentleman legislator,” who cared for his constituents.

“Mr. Tesi was a supervisor on this board when I was hired,” he said. “He set kind of a tradition and a tone.”

∫ Supervisors appointed these members of the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Development Board: Kerry Brunner, Andrea Fettinger, Judy Petroski, James Law, Heidi Colson, Laurie Bargstedt, Peter Stearns, Kathleen Kilmartin, Kaleena Castiglione.

∫ The board authorized extension of a temporary, full-time caseworker position for the School Intervention Partnership Program run through the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

“This is a very valuable program,” said Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young.

The position is extended within the county Department of Social Services, effective July 1 and running through June 30, 2020. The school district provides local costs for the caseworker, who provides early intervention services in school for at-risk children.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.