Wyoming County supervisors today will revisit a job-change proposal in the Department of Social Services.
The county's Health and Human Services Committee last week unanimously recommended approval of a job-title change from full-time investigator to full-time account clerk.
This recommendation follows an identical measure that was defeated in a weighted vote of 794-718 during January's Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors had said they were concerned the action might be contrary to the move toward welfare reform.
Larry Rogers, Pike supervisor and chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, said county leaders decided to bring the issue up again after receiving more information on the matter.
"I support the Department of Social Services," Rogers said. "If I didn't think it was needed, I would not bring it to the floor."
Rogers said confusion during the January meeting might have led some supervisors to believe that a new position was being created. He said some supervisors consequently voted against the measure, although they might not have otherwise.
"We want to hold the line on new positions, but this is not a new position," Rogers said.
County officials are concerned that if the job change is not approved, the department's efforts to curb insurance fraud will be hindered. Roger said the position change was recommended by New York State Civil Service, which had done a Wyoming County study on personnel.
Jean Totsline, committee member and Genesee Falls supervisor, said 75 percent of the position's cost will be federally funded.
"It is a position where we will lose money if we do not fill it," Totsline said. OVER 7 LNs"I'm for it. The revenue coming back in will be a lot."
She said supervisors have been told that the position will cost the county $5,000 to $6,000 once federal funding is taken into account.
The meeting begins at 2 p.m. in the Wyoming County Government Center.