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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.

County Clerk George Williams dies at age 77

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Clerk George Williams died yesterday. Williams, 77, had been reportedly ill for some time and been hospitalized in recent weeks, according to county employees.

Williams also served as a past chairman of the Oswego County Republican Committee.

Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael Backus said the news of Williams’ death will be met with heartfelt sympathy by those who knew him.

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Oswego County Clerk George Williams,” Backus said. “George made an indelible mark on our community and served this county for over 30 years.”

Backus added, “My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Norma (Williams’ wife) and the family.”

Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he too was sad to hear of Williams passing.  “He served the public for many years,” he said.

County employees were notified of his death this morning.

The governor will name a replacement for Williams. In the meantime, Deputy Clerk Georgiana Mansfield will oversee the office.


Five vendors vie for Oswego County data management contract

by Carol Thompson

Five vendors have submitted proposals in an effort to secure a contract for data imaging for the Oswego County Clerk’s office.

During Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee, County Administrator Phil Church said that the bids were received Friday and that it had been the most number of proposals ever received in the history of the contract.

He said the next step will be to have a panel of five review the proposals once the names of the vendors have been redacted. He added that the vendors will each receive a confirmation letter that their proposals have been received.

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