Scozzafava wants HNNH employees to have first dibs at county jobs

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Tom Scozzafava wants to keep as many Horace Nye Nursing Home employees in the county system as possible.

The Moriah supervisor and staunch opponent of selling the health care facility asked the board if current HNNH employees could be given top preference when positions opened up elsewhere in the county workforce during the June 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting.

“If they qualify for a position that is open then they would get first choice,” Scozzafava said. “I was told there was one opening in public health where an employee of the county was passed over and they were more qualified. I think that they should be offered a preference because they are county employees.”

County Manager Daniel Palmer said that inter-county hiring could be done but only under certain rules.

“If it is non-competitive and they have met minimum qualifications, they could be transfered,” Palmer said. “If it is competitive, though, then you cannot do that.”

Ways and Means Chairman Roby Politi said that the Horace Nye employees were still entitled to the same rights as all other county employees for the moment.

“Nothing would change until there is a change in ownership,” Politi said.

Palmer added that while Scozzafava could make the request, he could not enforce it.

“When it comes down to it, you or I cannot tell a department head who they can or cannot hire,” he said.

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