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Board gives nod to CLEO

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Development Board’s Chief Local Elected Officials, or CLEO agreement for 2020-21.

The board’s Economic Development and Environment Committee recently supported passage, and had passed the proposed resolution on to the full board for approval at the County Office Building.

The CLEO agreement authorizes the Amsterdam-based workforce development board to provide planning, guidance, monitoring, support, oversight ;and regulation to ensure the highest quality workforce development system.

A new CLEO contract would run from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie counties entered into an agreement prescribed by the WIOA to oversee the management of WIOA funding and supported activities coordinated by the workforce development board.

Officials said the CLEO agreement should be renewed on a yearly basis around July 1.

Under the new agreement, the chief local elected official in Fulton and Schoharie counties will be the chairperson of the respective Board of Supervisors. For Fulton County, it is Warren Greene. For Schoharie County, it is William Federice.

In Montgomery County, the CLEO is the county executive, currently Matt Ossenfort.

Except for the appointment of members of the F-M-S Workforce Development Board, the CLEOs are to act as one entity. In the event of a disagreement or dispute, a majority of the three CLEOs determines resolution of the conflict.

The agreement also covers these areas: Designation of the WIOA grant recipient, designation of the Local Workforce Development Board, membership of the board; provisions for the board to operate in multiple roles such as designation as a fiscal agent, employing staff, and internal controls to prevent conflicts of interest; joint activities, financial liability and duration of contracts.

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

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