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Roy takes over as real property director

ELIZABETHTOWN Seconds after taking the oath of office, the new Essex County Real Property Tax Services Director Bernard Roy made his first address to the finance committee April 21. Roy has served more than 30 years with Real Property Tax Services, and was the assistant director before his promotion. He replaced Bernard Miller, who retired earlier this month. As his first official act, Roy informed the county board of supervisors that he planned to set office hours from 8 a.m.-4p.m. By opening an hour earlier, he hoped to better serve surveyors and other individuals that preferred to get an early start. Thomas Scozzafava (Moriah - R) questioned whether that was in line with other county departments. Several department chairs informed him that each department set its own hours, with most open 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The board also discussed the possibility of retaining Millers services as a consultant. Scozzafava was concerned that contracting with retired employees was a slippery slope and wondered if it was necessary. George Canon (Newcomb - R) said he wanted to have Miller available for consultation while Roy learned the position. Randall Douglas (Jay - D) said that six months should be sufficient, but thought having Millers experience available was a good idea. Noel Merrihew (Elizabethtown - R) said he believed the consulting contract would be for the countys GIS program, on which Miller was an expert. Roy agreed that a six month contract would be sufficient, stating he planned to use other resources, such as state agencies, whenever possible while he learned the ropes of his new position. Figures for the contract will be made available to the board by the Ways and Means Committee meeting, planned for April 28. Aside from Roys appointment, it was a relatively quiet day for board of supervisors members with one exception. During the Personnel Committee meeting earlier that day, supervisors went into executive session for 50 minutes to discuss personnel issues. On returning, the committee immediately adjourned, with no action or discussion on the topic.

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