Legislators reject vacancy rules

by Carol Thompson

Members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee rejected a plan Tuesday that would require a 90-day waiting period to fill vacant county positions.

Legislators had several objections to the policy, including one that would grant autonomy to the county administrator.

The policy stated that the county administrator may solely represent the vacancy committee, if necessary. Kunzwiler said he was not comfortable with the administrator having the sole authority.

He made a motion that the clause be struck and Legislator Dan Chalifoux provided a second. The vacancy committee is comprised of the legislature chairman, the personnel director and the administrator.

Legislator Bob Hayes raised the concern that the 90-day waiting period could result in overtime costs as others pick up the additional job duties caused from the vacancy.

Personnel Director Carol Alnutt said that the longer waiting period forces department heads to take a look at the need for positions.

Legislator Jack Proud said he would be comfortable with a 60-day wait. Legislator Art Ospelt, who chairs the committee, noted that the policy currently specifies a 60-day wait.

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