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Personnel requests reviewed

March 31, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Eight of the 21 new positions requested by Washington County department heads earlier this month were denied, put on hold or restructured by the County Commissioners and staff members.

The commissioners agreed by consensus Tuesday to strike four positions from consideration, turn one position into a contractual part-time slot and put another two on hold until further discussion.

The four positions rejected by the commissioners were a public works document coordinator, which would have cost the county $42,108 in salary and benefits; two maintenance workers at the Forty West Landfill at a cost of $57,314; and a senior office associate at the Agricultural Center, costing $17,727.

The commissioners decided to turn a request for a full-time tax clerk in the Treasurer's Office into a contractual part-time position and place on hold a proposed planner for the Planning Department and a project coordinator for the Economic Development Commission.

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County staff rejected one of two zoning inspector positions requested for the Permits and Inspections Department, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

The cost of the approved zoning inspector position is $42,109, including salary and benefits.

The 12 other positions approved by the commissioners were two senior office assistant positions for the State's Attorney's Office, at a total cost of $50,141 in salary and benefits; a part-time inspector for the gaming office, a position paid for with gaming funds; two communication specialists for the Washington County Sheriff's Department at a cost of $54,152; three deputies for the Washington County Detention Center at a cost of $69,194; a communications specialist for the 911 Communications Center at a cost of $36,101; and an electronics technician in the Water Quality Department for $38,988.

The commissioners approved two new positions for Washington County Special Operations, pending grant funding.

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