13 apply for jail warden job

BY PAT FARNELLI

Wyoming County Press Examiner

Candidates for the position of warden at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility will be interviewed on Monday, Aug. 13, Commissioner Tom Henry announced Tuesday.

Henry said that 13 applications were received for the position, three of which were eliminated due to lack of qualifications. One of the 10 applicants to be interviewed is Interim Warden Kenneth Repscher.

The commissioners also approved a state of the art upgrade to the wireless 911 system for the county Communications Center during the meeting Tuesday. The ZTRON system will run on the I3 standard system, which is considered the “next generation” system for 911 service, according to Debra Raimondi,  county public safety director.

The ZTRON system is available through COSTAR- the state’s cooperative purchasing program, she noted.

The original price for the ZTRON system was $505,115, but through various credits and discounts the price was reduced to $414,379.

The purchase of the system was approved by the commissioners.

The county has been pursuing grant funding for other upgrades to the 911 system, such as new radio devices and CADs, and they have received information about a discount program for the radios through Kenwood.

The ZTRON system requires only one PC per station. It will allow photos to be texted to the 911 system, and the phone calls can be automatically switched over to the Bradford County 911 system if responders have to go there during an emergency. Other counties can join into the updated system as well.

There is a 12-week delivery time for the new system, Riamondi said.

New lights were installed in the county employee parking lot, which will help make the downtown area safer at night, Chief Clerk William Gaylord said.

The commissioners approved job descriptions for county employees during their regular meeting. Raises for some of the same employees were approved at the salary board meeting afterward.

The job description for assistant office manager at the correctional facility was approved. Linda Stacknick, who is already employed in that position, received a 10 percent raise from $24,337 to $26,737.

Another job description was approved for the inmate clerk position. This position simply needed a more specific description, and was not addressed by the salary board.

Two legal secretaries working in the district attorney’s office had changes in their job description and salary raises which were approved by commissioners.

“What they do far exceeds their job description,” District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said. “We simply could not hire someone off the street to replace them.”

Arlene Traver, the legal secretary who handles mainly juvenile cases, and Pam King, the legal secretary for adult court, were both approved for five percent raises by the commissioners, which is the maximum according to the union, effective by the next pay period.

The North East Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Tax Force members were approved for the salary increase they had recommended, by the commissioners.

Donald Mason, director of the community wood project, was approved for a $3 an hour increase in pay.

President Judge Russell Shurtleff said that although Mason’s job already exists, the responsibilities have expanded as the project has expanded.

It is a non-union job, and Mason has no health insurance as a job benefit, as his wife already works for the county and he is covered under her plan.

The wood project is not paid for out of the county general fund, as it is a judicial project, and his salary is paid through the sale of firewood.

“It is a very unique program,” the judge said. “The wood is bought and delivered, and probationers, persons owing child support, and some juvenile offenders cut the wood. It is then sold at market prices, and the profit is used to pay their court fines and support.”

Shurtleff noted that Mason works in an unheated area under adverse weather conditions.

Changes in job description and pay were discussed for two employees of the assessor’s office, but the subject was tabled until Thursday so that the employees could attend.

Photo identification for voters for the presidential election was briefly discussed.

The Iroquois Trail was discussed, as it has been surveyed several times and there is a conflict regarding its path. The original line of the trail will be kept. A more recent survey plotted the trail path too close to the wood project and part of the railroad bed.

The trail will end up on county property near the old Marcy Cemetery property and railroad bed, and a stone wall will be preserved rather than be removed.

The trail is currently under construction, with a great deal of earth moving underway.

The Department of Environmental Protection informed the commissioners that old railroad ties unearthed there will have to be landfilled, even though they tested negative for creosote.

The agreement for the county IT technician to work with local police departments has been revised by Solicitor James E. Davis, mainly for technical language.

Davis said that he has drawn up a memo concerning the organization and role of the prison board, especially in regard to hiring and filing for the correctional facility.