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Move to save 10 Essex County jobs fails

Absent Minerva supervisor was swing vote

Jobs were a major sticking point for many supervisors during the budget process, and a main topic at the Dec. 5 public hearing on the proposed 2012 spending plan.

Jobs were a major sticking point for many supervisors during the budget process, and a main topic at the Dec. 5 public hearing on the proposed 2012 spending plan. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The positions to be laid off include:

•a part-time staff psychiatrist in the Office of Mental Health;

•a part-time clerk in the Department of Social Service;

•a records retention aide in both the County Clerk’s office and the Mail and Supply Room;

•two part-time on-call watch persons and two building maintenance positions in the Department of Public Works;

•one licensed practical nurse, one certified nursing assistant and one part-time activity aide at the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

The list was created through recommendations by department heads in consulting with the committee: North Elba Supervisor Robert “Roby” Politi as chair, Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen, Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston, County Manager Daniel Palmer, and County Personnel Officer Monica Feeley.

During the Dec. 19 Personnel Committee meeting, several supervisors expressed their belief that layoffs should be determined by those who did not meet residency requirements first, but Board Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas said that the committee would be looking at positions and not people when they made their decisions.

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