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New mapping position created

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Nov. 25 created a Geographic Information System, or GIS coordinator in the county Information Technology Department to assist county government departments with mapping.

The move by the Board of Supervisors headed up personnel action items approved at the County Office Building.

The board created a GIS coordinator position — starting Jan. 1 — in support of emergency management land use planning, public health planning and law enforcement. The position was recommended by the board’s Personnel and Finance committees.

County tax levy for 2020 will increase by $79,360 for the new GIS position, which includes benefits. The full-time coordinator will be paid $22.30 per hour to start, and $26.23 per hour at a permanent one-year rate.

In other personnel moves, the board approved creation of an account clerk/typist position in the county Emergency Management Office for 2020.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead noted the county created several personnel positions to be funded out of next year’s county budget.

“Some of these things will effect the bottom line,” he said.

Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. said the new position is “greatly needed” in the Emergency Management Office.

“They’re doing a great job,” Lauria said. “It is running smoother.”

The board created a legal secretary position, starting Jan. 1, in the office of county Public Defender Roger Paul. He had requested the position. The total cost of the position – including benefits – was listed by the county as $62,825. Paul indicated the entire cost of the position will be covered by state Office of Indigent Legal Services grants related to implementation of the Hurrell-Harring lawsuit settlement by New York state.

The legal secretary position will pay $15.76 per hour to start, and $18.54 at a one-year rate.

Also in Paul’s office, the board created a full-time assistant public defender for 2020. The total cost of the position, including benefits, will be $126,625. The position is also covered by grants through the state’s Hurrell-Harring lawsuit settlement.

Supervisors also took action on two personnel items involving the office of District Attorney Chad Brown.

The board by resolution renamed the fourth assistant district attorney, and increased the base salaries of staff in Brown’s office. The resolution indicated Brown had submitted a proposal to increase assistant DA salaries “to improve retention and promote salaries that are comparable to those of public defenders.”

With Monday’s assistant DA moves, the total 2020 tax levy increase, including benefits, was about $60,000. The fourth assistant DA was retitled merely “assistant district attorney.”

Effective Jan. 1, the one-year permanent salary rates of the assistant DAs will increase this way: from $88,539 to $95,000; $64,337 to $75,000; and $51,872 to $75,000.

As part of new state mandates, a $15.76 per hour legal secretary position was also created in Brown’s office. The position will pay $18.54 per hour at a one-year rate.

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

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