County Clerk employee walks off job

by Carol Thompson

An employee of the Oswego County Clerk’s office walked off the job today.

Many legislators have been notified of the most recent incident and said that they are working toward a permanent resolution to the problems that have plagued the office for over two years.

The New York State Labor Department and the EEOC have been contacted as well as Oswego County Personnel Director Carol Alnutt.

The employee, an index clerk, has been asked to perform accounting work while the senior account clerk is out. The employee has refused to do the accounting work because it is not a part of her job duties, according to the legislators working to resolve the issue.

The accounting duties are supposed to be done by the deputy clerk of operations in absence of the account clerk, according to the job description of the deputy position.

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said enough is enough and that legislators need to work together to end the constant turmoil. Legislator Shawn Doyle is working on the matter with other legislators and said he spoke with Alnutt Friday morning.

“I absolutely expect something to be done about this,” Doyle said. “I don’t need to restate the sympathy I have for these employees.”

Kunzwiler agreed. “This is exactly what happens when you create a political position,” he said.

Legislator Doug Malone said the turmoil has got to come to an end and that a special meeting needs to be called before the end of the year to eliminate the deputy clerk of operations position and to lower the pay of the deputy clerk.

“It needs to be addressed soon,” he said. “We need to seriously look into this.”

Legislator Amy Tresidder has also been working on the matter, she said, and is making telephone calls.

There was no word as to whether the employee would return to work.

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