Sheriff seeks to swap lieutenant post for deputy

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department needs more deputies on the road, and Sheriff Thomas Lorey is willing to cut an administrative position to get a deputy.

The Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety, Personnel and Finance committees last week approved Lorey’s request to abolish a vacant lieutenant position in his department and create a deputy position.

He said there is a “higher need” for the deputy position due to the workload in his department’s Road Patrol Division.

“It’s getting to the point that we’re getting too many chiefs and not enough Indians,” the sheriff told the Public Safety Committee.

The move would save the county about $12,000 in annual personnel costs, Lorey said.

The full board will review the personnel request when it meets at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Fulton County Office Building.

Lorey told supervisors that after reviewing the structure in his department, he thought the lieutenant position could be replaced with the deputy position.

He said the lieutenant vacancy was created through a retirement.

He said county Personnel Director Theresa Souza reviewed the request and approved a required job-duties statement.

Lorey said the lieutenant’s 2012 salary was $25.31 per hour, which translates to $52,846 per year.

He said the deputy position pays $18.12 per hour, or $40,036 annually.

Lorey said he already has someone in mind for the deputy position.

He said he could hire someone from another law-enforcement agency. If that happens, he said, the person would require no training at Fulton County’s expense.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at