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April 29, 2014

Still stinging from 2011 audit

MALONE — Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill says he may be under extra scrutiny because legislators remain upset that he sought a jail audit in 2011.

One of his first actions when elected was to request a New York State Commission of Correction review of the jail operation to learn its staffing requirements compared to the actual staff size.

Legislators were outraged, saying it wasn’t his place to ask for an audit. They roundly criticized him for drawing state attention to Franklin County, which had not had a jail-staffing audit since 2003.

The audit ultimately called for 18 more correction officers to be hired to cover the 24-hour, seven-day schedule and for the county to create two administrative positions: a lieutenant and an administrative sergeant.

Six new correction-officer jobs were phased in over time, and the lieutenant position was created in April 2012.

The job of administrative sergeant was approved five months later.

FILLING IN

According to a February 2013 letter to County Manager Thomas Leitz, the commission said the jail should have 51 full-time correction officers, a minimum of eight per diems, six sergeants, a lieutenant and a warden.

The facility now has 43 permanent, full-time correction officers, 10 per diems and five sergeants.

Ed Work was the first person hired as the Sheriff’s Department lieutenant, an appointment made permanent in September 2013.

But a short time later, Warden Bruce Bannon announced his intent to retire after 20 years as of December 2013, so Work began training under him to learn that job.

Work was provisionally appointed warden by the County Legislature recently, pending his success in taking a Civil Service exam, which has not been scheduled by the state yet, according to County Personnel Director Paul Duffee.

Work’s vacated lieutenant position is being covered out-of-title by Sgt. Scott Hudson, and Hudson’s empty sergeant’s position is being filled out-of-title by a correction officer.

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