“We’ve automated so much, I think we’ll be OK,” Cassavaw said, adding that there may be a way to share some people with other offices during slower times.
Legislature Chairman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) wanted assurances from the clerk that, if the request were approved, the department would not be expecting to reinstate the positions in the future.
Cassavawa said his office has already been working short one person since January, “and we’re keeping up. In fact, our recordings are up. I feel comfortable we’re in a good spot.”
Scheduling time off would also be more equitable with added job tiers, he said.
Under existing seniority in his office, five people are eligible for five weeks of vacation a year, which means employees with less time on the job don’t always get the particular weeks they want off, and it causes hard feelings.
Steps would help employees gain seniority and a better footing to qualify for desired vacation days.
Legislators, who are in the beginning stages of preparing the 2014 county budget, are expected to discuss the request at their next meeting, on Sept. 5.
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