Office disconnect

by Ernestine Hughes, Parish

In Legislator Doug Malone’s letter in the Feb. 16 edition of The Valley News he refers to an employee problem that has been festering in the Oswego County Clerk’s office since last year.

An article in Dec. 14, 2012 edition of The Valley News entitled, “County Legislators want review of Deputy County Clerk position,” indicates “after Jan. 1, 2013 there will be four supervisors for nine employees.” This seems like too many chiefs to handle nine employees!

We have newly elected Oswego county clerk, Michael C. Backus, whose recent letters indicated he needed time to witness daily interaction among employees/supervisors and he needed to gather more information. It is March 2013, meaning two months (or nine weeks) have passed since Mr. Backus took on his new position of county clerk.

With the seriousness of this problem, it is time to have some action on “calming the storm” in the county clerk’s office. Is it possible young Mr. Backus does not have the experience or knowledge of how to handle this situation?

Further, why is the Republican party Mr. Backus leads accepting a $500 donation from IQS? Possibly, Mr. Backus should resign his position of Oswego County Republican chairman?

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