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Ruckle gets position of personnel officer

The Allegany County Legislature named Ellen Ruckle of Wellsville, a longtime office employee, personnel officer Monday.

Ruckle, to be paid $46,000 per year, succeeds Bernard Morris, who resigned after about 10 years in the job.

She has worked in the Personnel and Civil Service Department since the mid-1970s. Her appointment is probationary for nine months, according to the resolution adopted Monday.

Also Monday:

The Legislature named Gary Bastian, Linda Benedict and Michael Taylor to the Jamestown Community College extension site board.

The college expects to open an office in the county's Crossroads Center in Belvidere to help potential students plan their college careers.

The Legislature voted to continue participation in the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Sheriff Randal Belmont urged Legislature Chairman James G. Palmer, R-Alfred Station, to sign the contract for another year.

Legislator Robert K. Sobeck, R-Wellsville, who is a retired sheriff's deputy, criticized the cost of participating in the task force -- $150,000, which covers the salaries of two deputies and their equipment. However, Belmont countered that the county would recoup that amount through property seizures from drug arrests.

Palmer presented a proclamation to Houghton College President Daniel Chamberlain, who is being honored for his 30 years of service at homecoming Oct. 7.

The proclamation praises him for his service in the county and declares that day Daniel Chamberlain Day in the county.

Chamberlain is planning to retire in the spring, when a successor is installed to lead the college.

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