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Wyoming County supervisors approved a job-change proposal in the Department of Social Services after agreeing to have an outside consultant look at the efficiency of the agency.

The Board of Supervisors approved a job-title change from full-time investigator to full-time account clerk by a 15-1 vote Thursday, with Middlebury Supervisor Arnold Cox casting the dissenting vote.

The proposal had been defeated during January's board meeting.

Proponents of the measure argued the department would lose valuable revenue if the job-change proposal died.

Opponents, meanwhile, feared the action ran against welfare-reform efforts.

"We need to have the account clerk to get funding back from the state and federal level," said Larry Rogers, Pike supervisor. "I have been supportive of the change all around."

An estimated 75 percent of the cost of the job will be federally funded. Supervisors learned the position will cost the county $5,000 to $6,000.

During a committee-of-the-whole meeting, supervisors agreed to have a yet-to-be-named consultant look how efficiently the Department of Social Services is collecting money.

"It's not that it is bad," said Paul Agan, Attica supervisor. "We want to take a look-and-see. We don't know how it is going. It's just guesswork."

He said such a study of the Social Services Department may find that more or less staffing is needed for the agency. Agan said the efficiency study is meant to look at groups of jobs within the department.

Supervisors also are considering expanding the efficiency study to include other county departments.

"We're not going to just pick on one," Agan said. "We'll look at them all."

Rogers said a move to expand the study to other departments has received widespread support among supervisors, but no official vote was taken during the committee of the whole session.

"I would support looking at all of the staff, not only in that department, but others, too," Rogers said.

He said County Administrator Kevin DeFebbo and Harold Hopkins, director of civil service and personnel, will recommend a outside consultant for the study shortly.

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