Petruzzi named new county voting director

By SARAH PAEZ

spaez@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — Kristin Petruzzi is the new Clinton County director of voters registration/elections and deputy chief clerk, filling Lock Haven City Planner Maria Boileau’s vacancy.

Petruzzi joins the county from Keystone Central School District, where she was the supervisor for Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS). PIMS is a statewide data-sharing and reporting system run by the Department of Education. Petruzzi has experience preparing, interpreting and analyzing reports and records.

Petruzzi was born and raised in Clinton County. She graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies concentrating in professional communication, and a minor in business.

County Commissioner Pete Smeltz said Petruzzi was one of seven people interviewed for the position. Eleven people applied.

“I am very excited… just excited to dive into things,” Petruzzi said Thursday.

Smeltz said he was very pleased to have her expertise in the position.

“Elections are a very important piece of county government,” he said.

Recently, county commissioners changed the director of voter registration/elections position description to include the duties of deputy chief clerk. They also amended the position’s salary to $38,111.

Also Thursday, commissioners approved the resignation of two correctional officers at the county prison, Brandy Perchinski and Zachary Ohl, and hired four full-time and four part-time correctional officers. Bradley Shearer, Tyler Feist, Albert Betzger and Chad Cashwell will start full-time with salaries of $28,891. Tera Perryman, Charles O’Brien, Kirsten McAndrew and Andrew Lutz will start part time, making $11.50 an hour.

Commissioners also temporarily promoted Joseph Blazina from correctional officer to lieutenant while an employee is on military leave until Jan. 20. He will make an out-of-class salary of $50,446, around a 5 percent increase from his usual salary, given his years of experience as a correctional officer.

Because of the eight new prison hires, Smeltz addressed the issue of high turnover in the county correctional facility.

“There’s too much movement,” he said.

He said high turnover of correctional officers is something the prison board and commissioners discuss often.

“Prison work is not for everyone,” he said. “They’ve got to work Saturdays, Sundays, nights.”

Conklin agreed that the turnover was the biggest problem he had seen in the prison.

“Apparently we’re getting a sufficient number of applicants, though,” Smeltz said with a laugh.

In other business Thursday, commissioners approved several agreements:

r A year-long consulting services agreement at $82.50 an hour with MCM Consulting Group, Inc. for the 9-1-1 center.

r A no-charge cooperation agreement with Geisinger Health Plan for covered services and medical assistance to Children and Youth Services recipients.

r A contract with Kayla Aungst to provide professional tutoring for youths in the Independent Living Program for $12 an hour.

r A change order of $5,936.57 with Lecce Electric, Inc. for an electrical construction contract at the county prison under 2017 Capital Project.

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