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Lippa hired as deputy county clerk

LOCKPORT – Tricia E. Lippa will start work Monday as a deputy county clerk, Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski said last week. The $44,772-a-year position was created by the County Legislature March 22.

Jastrzemski said Lippa, who joined the county in 2014 as a confidential secretary in the Human Resources Department, where she earned $39,894 last year, will be the fifth deputy clerk. She will work in the main office in the County Courthouse.

Wendy J. Roberson is the first deputy, and there also are deputy clerks in charge of the three motor vehicle offices in Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda.

Jastrzemski said Lippa is basically succeeding Joan E. Pickles, a veteran county clerk employee who retired in January after 41 years of service. One of her last duties was compiling what she actually did all day into a civil service job specification for the new deputy clerk. Pickles was paid $35,690 last year.

“She was listed as a document clerk, but she didn’t do document clerk work. She never complained, She loved the work. She definitely was a deputy clerk without the title,” Jastrzemski said of Pickles. “She did it all. When Wendy and Wayne (former County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow) weren’t in, she was the go-to person.”

Pickles was one of four employees with more than 40 years of experience who recently retired from the clerk’s office, Jastrzemski said.