County may reinstate job of senior probation officer

JOHNSTOWN – The director of the Fulton County Probation Department wants a nearly $50,000-per-year senior probation officer position reinstated to carry out “special projects” for the department.

Probation Director Cynthia Licciardi last week requested the position through the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee. The committee approved having the position – once taken out – reinstated.

Voting no were board Chairman William Waldron of Johnstown and Northampton Supervisor Linda Kemper. The full board will consider final action Monday.

Licciardi said the senior probation officer – to be paid $48,854 annually – could be eligible for director after three years.

“The senior position handles extra duties in the office,” she said.

Those would include handling all ignition-interlock cases involving drunk drivers. To date, Fulton County supervises 81 such offenders sentenced to conditional discharges with devices that lock up their vehicles to prevent them from being driven while the driver is intoxicated.

Licciardi said the senior probation officer also would supervise offenders at the “greatest risk” of re-offending in the county. The senior probation official also would collaborate in collection of drunk driving fines, serve as a domestic violence liaison, collaborate with county Drug Court, and be responsible for running all criminal history records.

In other committee business, supervisors approved a proposed resolution to reallocate state grant funding through the Sheriff’s Department for a different equipment purchase.

Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan noted the board earlier this year authorized buying a $1,170 digital radio with 2009 State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program grant funds. He requested the funds be reallocated to purchase two tablet computers for use by sheriff’s and civil defense personnel.

“The Information Services Department is going to be working more hand-in-glove with the Sheriff’s Department,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.