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LOCKPORT -- Niagara County will soon begin to advertise the position of public health director.

Shirley A. Sampson is expected to retire Nov. 13, and the Board of Health has set up a search committee for her successor.

The board decided Thursday that the deadline for applications is April 30. However, it will not be able to advertise a salary.

Board member Jean Wactawski-Wende of North Tonawanda said the County Legislature abolished the county's management salary scale, and at present the board doesn't even have a salary range to offer.

Sampson is earning $68,840, but Assistant County Attorney J. Michael Fitzgerald warned, "The (County) Legislature has a way of looking at a new guy and saying, 'We're not going to bring him in at that much.'"

The Board of Health selects the director but the Legislature sets the salary.

Falls mayor plans 'town hall' meetings

NIAGARA FALLS -- Mayor Irene J. Elia will hold the first in a series of "town hall" meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of St. Theresa's School, 1018 College Ave.

Elia said the purpose of the meetings is to maintain open communication with residents. After an update by the mayor, questions from the audience will be taken.

Future sessions have been scheduled for March 13, First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave.; March 27, LaSalle Senior Citizen Center, 9501 Colvin Blvd.; April 24, John A. Duke Senior Citizen Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd.; May 8, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 723 Seventh St.; May 15, St. Charles Parish Center, 56th Street and Lindbergh Avenue; May 29, Port-a-Niagara Girls Club, 357 Portage Road; and June 5, Niagara Community Center, 1364 Centre Ave.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

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