Supervisors authorize leave of absence

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized a leave of absence for a county employee to accommodate his county union service.

The board passed a resolution at the County Office Building allowing leave for county probation officer Ronald Briggs, a Civil Service Employees Association officer. Action followed a board closed-door, executive session to discuss employment history of a county employee.

The resolution notes Briggs was recently re-elected to another four-year term as CSEA Region 4 president.

A board resolution approved last year authorized a paid leave of absence for Briggs for a period from March 2019 through Feb. 28, 2020. In a Dec. 23 letter to the county, the CSEA asked for renewal of a prior agreement in which the CSEA reimburses Fulton County for Briggs’ full salary and fringes.

In other personnel matters:

∫ The board voted to advance one particular sheriff’s deputy’s pay rate due to a previous oversight. The rate was increased from $46,629 to a new yearly rate of $48,957, effective immediately.

Personnel Committee Chairman Jack Callery said the error was a mistake the county is trying to correct.

“We felt it was the right thing to do,” he stated.

∫ Supervisors waived the Fulton County residency rule for the hiring of certain county positions. The Personnel Department recommended the rule that says a person must be from Fulton County be waived for the following positions: contiguous counties — GIS coordinator, emergency services dispatcher and account clerk/typist; and statewide — public health nurse.

∫ The board also waived the residency rule for hire of an assistant director of information technology.

∫ An account clerk/legal typist position in the county Probation Department was reclassified to account clerk/typist. The position pays $17.81 per hour. Also reclassified in that department was a senior account clerk/legal typist to senior account clerk, which pays $19.30 per hour.

∫ Personnel action was also taken on a couple temporary per diem positions in the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. Investigative and forensic evidence instructor positions were extended through Dec. 31.

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