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Sheriff seeks appointment extentions for two

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department wants to extend the services of two investigative personnel.

Sheriff Richard Giardino recently attended the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee at the County Office Building, making two personnel extension requests.

The committee approved resolutions authorizing 18-month extensions of appointments for two temporary per diem personnel. They were: Investigative advisor and instructor; and forensic evidence analyst advisor and instructor.

“We have an unusually high turnover,” Giardino said.

The sheriff said he requested the extensions due to an unusually large personnel turnover — nine out of 13 road patrol deputies have one year or less experience, two are in the academy, and one is a lateral transfer from a part-time department — and substantial changes that have occurred in the law.

“Instruction in the constantly changing reforms in the criminal justice system is necessary to insure that cases are investigated and reported properly to obtain convictions,” Giardino told supervisors.

Both positions pay a current rate of $21.16 per hour without benefits and are not to exceed 20 hours per month.

Giardino said the investigative advisor and instructor position has averaged less than $4,000 annually from 2016 through 2019. The forensic evidence analyst advisor and instructor position has averaged less than $3,400 annually during the same period, he said.

Both positions were created in 2016 and have each been extended a couple times.

In other business, county Administrative Officer Jon Stead introduced county government’s newest department head — Assigned Counsel Administrator Michael Smrtic.

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

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