New Castle News

February 6, 2014

Jackson still arranging for juries

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Helen Jackson is wearing the same hat, but she has a new job title with lower pay.

Jackson, who had been a Lawrence County jury commissioner for nearly five years, has assumed the position of county jury coordinator in the courts, at an annual salary of $15,000 plus benefits.

Last year, the commissioners abolished the two jury commissioner positions, which together had cost the county $55,000 including benefits.

Because someone was still needed to summon jurors and set up juries for trials, the Lawrence County Salary Board established the jury coordinator job at its annual meeting. The change saves the county about $25,556.

Jackson’s position change was one of several outlined in a county government personnel report Tuesday at the commissioners meeting.

District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa hired Gary Filippone as special project liaison in his office. Filippone, of Mahoningtown, who has a background in criminal justice and management, is being paid $42,600 including benefits this year, from a $50,000 grant from the Hoyt Foundation.

Salary board created the position with the understanding that if grant funds dry up, the position will be terminated.

Filippone’s job is to oversee, coordinate and foster new neighborhood watch groups in the county and manage “Project Oasis,” a saturation patrol detail in New Castle.

Other personnel changes are:

•Andrew Crowl, hired as an adult probation officer Dec. 9 at an annual salary of $34,933. He replaces Shawn Heaney, who resigned in August.

•Javon Moody, hired as a juvenile probation officer at $34,933. The position previously was vacant.

•Amy DiMuccio, hired as protection from abuse coordinator and lawyer referral in the courts at $26,500. She succeeds Linda Brubaker, who retired.

•Shawn Clark, Christy Cunningham and Cory Krueger, hired as part-time 911 telecommunication supervisors. Each is receiving $11.73 per hour.

•Angelic Gabriel, hired as part-time secretary to fill a vacancy in the juvenile probation department, at $12.50 an hour.

•Michael Morgan, hired as part-time clerk typist in the prothonotary’s office at $13.01 per hour to succeed Maria Morgan, who resigned.

•Andrea Anderson, promoted to intermediate punishment program officer and assistant director of adult probation, from her previous job as treatment coordinator. Her pay will be $40,000 this year.

•Lacey Miller, promoted from adult probation officer aide to probation officer at $34,932.

•Toni Roitz and Michael Russo, both promoted to intake call screeners from caseworker positions. Roitz will be paid $40,125 and Russo, $42,261. The positions were created by the salary board.

•Veronica Valiensi, promoted from part-time to full-time adult probation officer aide at $26,336. She subsequently resigned from that position Feb. 7.

•Marc Zingaro, promoted from probation officer to adult probation treatment court coordinator at $40,000.

•Heather Darcangelo resigned as a part-time telecommunicator at the 911 center.

•Ryan Huff and Brock Janoski resigned as part-time corrections officers at the jail.

•Mary Anne Meyer resigned as administrative assistant to mental health/developmental services.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)