The Washington County Commissioners have approved advertising internally for two full-time bus driver positions to replace a driver who was dismissed and a retiree.
When the two positions are filled, the bus service will have eight full-time drivers, according to Human Resources Director Alan Davis. Davis would not comment on the dismissal, saying it is a personnel matter.
Kevin Cerrone, County Commuter supervisor, said some of the part-time drivers were working as many as 40 hours a week.
County Commissioner James R. Wade, who said he continues to be frustrated by the low ridership on County Commuter buses, asked if Cerrone had considered paring down routes before hiring replacement drivers. Cerrone said he was looking into that but said that was more of a long-term project.
Davis said the number of full-time drivers has dropped from 15 to eight over the years. Cerrone said some of that difference had been made up by hiring more part-time drivers, who don't get benefits.