ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Department of Social Services wants to fill three vacant jobs that are mostly state-subsidized.
Social Services Commissioner John O’Neill told the County Board of Supervisors Human Services Committee recently that he wants to reclassify the positions and fill them from the county’s 2014 budget after it is approved.
They are fully or partially state funded, with about $2,000 as the only cost to the county.
An increasing workload is the reason for the hiring request, he said.
The posts are a part-time registered nurse for the Coordinated Care Unit; a part-time social services worker; and a full-time social services data-entry worker.
Rates of pay for the jobs were not available at the committee session.
The Human Services Committee unanimously approved filling the positions, with a final vote set for the board’s year-end meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown.
Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) said he and Vice Chair William Ferebee (R-Keene) recently took a tour of the Social Services operation.
“They’re very busy over there,” Douglas said. “It was an eye-opener for Bill and me. The staff works very hard, and they’re very professional.”
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