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Genesee County Legislature approves pay raises for nonunion officials

BATAVIA – It’s simply a matter of fairness, Genesee County Legislator Marianne Clattenburg said as she voiced her support for pay increases for about 90 nonunion department heads and supervisors.

“We haven’t given management a raise in four years,” she said. “When times were lean, we asked them to forgo a raise, and they did. We have to be fair if we want to keep our awesome employees.”

Seven of the eight other Genesee County lawmakers agreed and voted Wednesday to authorize, on average, a 2.5 percent salary increase for 2015, retroactive to Jan. 1, and a 5.5 percent hike over five years.

Legislator Andrew J. Young voted against the measure, as well as a resolution to set this year’s salaries for county officers who have been elected or appointed for a fixed term. “I don’t agree with the study,” he said of the Managerial Advisory Group International report, “and don’t think that a study is the way to deal with this.”

Legislature Chairman Raymond F. Cianfrini countered with statistics provided in the firm’s report that the county’s management staff ranked “dead last” in the nine counties of the Finger Lakes region and 51st statewide by county.

Salaries of county officers for 2015 are as follows: sheriff, $97,764; county attorney, $94,097; public defender, $93,825; highway superintendent, $93,025; commissioner of social services, $91,756; county treasurer, $90,097; county clerk, $88,503; human resources director, $65,100; and elections commissioners, two, $40,774 each.

Funding for all of the pay increases – about $150,000 – will come from a contingency fund.

The Legislature also voted, 7-2, to approve a revised version of a deer-management plan to allow archery hunting in Genesee County Park in Bethany.

Bow hunters will be allowed in a designated area of the park from sunrise to noon during the fall hunting season. A lottery will be held to determine who gets to hunt there, and only 12 daily permits will be issued.

County park officials modified their original proposal by agreeing to fence off the hunting zone to walkers and put up signs cautioning visitors to avoid areas where deer hunting is allowed.