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August 21, 2013

Children and Youth to hire more staff

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County Children and Youth Services is increasing its staffing, compliments of the state government.

The Lawrence County Salary Board approved the creation of eight new positions for the agency, using state Department of Public Welfare funds.

“There have been numerous meetings between the state and county offices of Children and Youth Services and the state has determined that we were understaffed,” Commissioner chairman Dan Vogler explained. “They have allotted funding for those positions in their needs-based budget. The salary board approved the wishes of the state by creating the positions.”

Vogler noted that if the state funding ends so will the positions.

The new positions created by the three county commissioners and controller on Monday are:

•Four full-time union case worker I positions at an annual base pay of $28,439 each.

•One full-time union intake call screener I position at an annual base pay of $34,900.

•One full-time intake call screener II union position at an annual base pay of $36,900.

•One  full-time fiscal technician Title IV-E position at an annual base pay of  $26,250.

The salary board set a base salary of $57,500 for a new children and youth services director. Sandy Copper, the current director, is planning to retire next week. Her salary is about $59,000.

The salary board agreed that an existing but vacant deputy director position will be filled, with a base salary of $50,500. That position also will be funded by the state as part of the needs-based budget, Vogler said.

The board also:

•Created a position of temporary records keeper while the permanent employee is on a medical leave.

•Agreed to reclassify an existing corrections officer post to that of corrections officer-cook.

•Agreed to promote the computer operator in information technology department to the title of office manager with a wage increase of $490 per year.

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