Boileau leaving as director of elections

Commissioners act on personnel items

LOCK HAVEN — In what became the second hiring of a part-time person in two weeks, the Clinton County commissioners voted to terminate a contract for paralegal services with Frances Neff and then agreed to employ her part-time.

It was among several personnel items acted upon Thursday that included the resignation of Maria Boileau as county director of voter registration-elections.

On Oct. 5, the board approved a contract with Neff to provide critical paralegal services for Children and Youth Services.

Neff is leaving a company she worked for that provided paralegal services to the county agency.

But because that firm will not be able to fill her position immediately, and the services Neff provides are integral to Children and Youth, the board agreed to contract her on an independent basis at $20 per hour, not to exceed 1,000 hours.

However, on counsel from the county solicitor, Chief Clerk Jann Meyers said, “We shouldn’t be contracting her.”

“We made a mistake” in approving the contract, Commissioner Pete Smeltz on Thursday.

Commissioner Paul Conklin, who openly opposed the recent hiring of Daryl Geyer as a part-time security-software technician, reaffirmed his opposition of hiring former county employees part-time while supporting the decision to hire Neff.

Conklin said Neff’s hiring was “a unique and different situation.”

If Neff were not hired (as an employee) by the county, he said, “she would be unable to provide (paralegal services) for us.”

The board said the solicitor’s opinion is that Neff is not a consultant and thus cannot be contracted as one and must be hourly.

“We need this service,” Conklin said. “We must take this route.”

The Salary Board, made up of the commissioners and Treasurer Michelle Kunes, voted to hired Neff at the same rate and maximum hours.

“That rate is the same as if she were a contractor,” said Smeltz.

As for Boileau, the commissioners “reluctantly” accepted her resignation, effective Oct. 20.

Boileau is moving on to “another very good opportunity,” and “when you work hard and do a good job, people notice,” Smeltz said of Boileau.

Boileau, in her letter of resignation, thanked the commissioners and said it’s been “an honor and a privilege” to work for the county.

Being that the move is less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 General Election, Smeltz and Conklin proceeded to name Leah Mothersbaugh, the county grants coordinator, as acting director of voter registration-elections.

“We don’t have time to wait to interview and hire,” Conklin said.

“We have a lot of team players here when it comes to elections,” Smeltz added.

Mothersbaugh was hired effective Oct. 23 at $42,018, the starting salary for the position.

The board said it expects to act on a proposal next week that allows Boileau to help Mothersbaugh with the elections.

Also Thursday, the board gave Kristy Serafini-Brooks, deputy county treasurer, a 5 percent raise to $37,794 because of “new and more responsibilities,” said Smeltz.

The raise will be budgeted for 2018 and comes after an assessment over Serafini-Brooks’ workload the past year. The Treasurer’s Office has had a vacancy this year, Smeltz said, with Treasurer Michelle Kunes and her deputy stepping up to get the work done.

The board also approved the resignation of Brian Alley as a full-time corrections officer at the county prison, effective Oct. 4.

Commissioner Jeff Snyder was absent from Thursday’s meeting as he attended a County Commission Association of Pennsylvania training event in Harrisburg.


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