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Essex County probation chief retiring after 32 years

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston presents Scott McDonald with a resolution of appreciation for his work as the Director of the Probation Department for Essex County.

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston presents Scott McDonald with a resolution of appreciation for his work as the Director of the Probation Department for Essex County. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee took time to say goodbye to a retiring department head at its March 11 meeting.

Scott McDonald recently announced that he would be stepping down as the County Probation Office Director effective March 22.

"I started here in 1981," McDonald said. "I just stopped by and 32 years later I am still here. I have enjoyed my 32 years, but it is time. It has been a pleasure to work with all of you, and I wish you all the best of luck."

"Scott, you are a true professional in every sense of the word," County Chairman Randy Douglas said.

Wilmington Supervisor and Public Safety Committee chair Randy Preston presented McDonald with a resolution of appreciation for his years of service, which started as a case worker on Sept. 8, 1981. He became the director of the Probation Department in 1989.

Veterans court

County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said that she has continued to work with Judge Richard Meyer to start a Veterans Court in Essex County.

"Judge Meyer is working to get the approval to do a formal court," Sprague said. "We have all of the agencies set up and the core group organized. We are looking at the next couple of months, but it looks like it is a go."

Overtime

Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch asked about an approximate $45,000 spent on overtime by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Richard Cutting said the expense was in line with previous years and state mandates.

"That covers sick time, personal leave time," Cutting said. "I do not know if that is significantly high based on our budget. About 60 percent of that is contractual."

"It actually sounds to me like that is a little bit down from where we have been," Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said.

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