County creates new position, passes on others

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved several personnel matters, including creating an assistant public health director position.

The board also defeated and didn’t act on two other public safety-related personnel matters not supported by the Finance Committee.

The resolution to create and assistant public health director position noted state-administered public health programming is changing from “safety net care to population-based care.”

The resolution noted state Public Health Law changed in 2009 to require the public health director to have a master’s degree in public health or a closely-related field. Mandated early intervention and preschool special education programs are requiring more oversight, the resolution added. Supervisors also noted that under the county Public Health Department’s current organizational structure, there is no plan for succession in the agency.

Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Richard Ottalagano said the new assistant public health director position will be “very necessary” with changes on the state level.

The new full-time position was created effective Jan. 1, at an appropriation of $1 until board takes further action to actually fill it.

In other personnel matters, the board defeated a resolution creating a senior probation officer position in the county Probation Department. The board also received no second on a motion to authorize creation of a typist position in the District Attorney’s Office.

Before both items were broached on the agenda, Finance Committee Chairman Jack Callery noted his panel rejected them earlier, and he asked the board to “strongly consider” also not supporting the resolutions.

For the senior probation officer position, Northampton Supervisor Linda Kemper withdrew her sponsorship. Probation Director Cynthia Licciardi had requested the position be reinstated to carry out special projects for the department, effective with the 2014 county budget. The position was supposed to pay $26.74 per hour. The duties would have including handling all conditional discharge ignition interlock cases and collaborate with the District Attorney’s Office on collection of drinking and driving fines.

The typist position in the district attorney’s office would have been part-time, effective at the start of the year to assist with telephone, scheduling and basic secretarial tasks.

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