New position requested to oversee landfill work

March 27, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

The Carroll Public Works Department has asked for a new position -- landfill bureau chief -- in part to prevent employees from stealing recyclables, two commissioners said Friday.

Three Hoods Mill Landfill employees were arrested in November and charged with stealing recyclable metals, which were sold to a Pennsylvania recycler.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said supervision at county landfills has been lax, and Public Works Director Keith R. Kirschnick requested the position.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said the position has been needed since Mr. Kirschnick was promoted to director from assistant director several years ago. Mr. Kirschnick has never had an assistant, Mr. Dell said.

The thefts brought the need for the new position to the commissioners' attention, Mr. Dell said.

Mr. Lippy said the commissioners are considering ways to prevent thefts of recyclables from county landfills. Some employees seem to consider the practice of selling recyclables a job "bonus," he said.

"We're going to set out new terms and expect them to be enforced," he said.

The three employees were arrested after a state police investigation. Two were charged with stealing recyclables from 1985 until their arrests. Their trials are pending.

The salary for the landfill bureau chief was not specified in budget documents Friday, but officials said it would be paid from money saved through current department vacancies.

The position is one of 14 new jobs considered a top priority by a five-member county committee that reviewed requests for new positions for fiscal 1995, which begins July 1.

Department heads requested a total of 28 new positions, which are expected to cost almost $1 million, including salaries, benefits and equipment costs.

The commissioners reviewed the requests but made no decisions.

Positions Request Committee members were Budget Director Steven D. Powell, Human Resources and Personnel Services Director Jimmie L. Saylor, Performance Auditing Administrator Timothy D. Hartman, Administrative Services Director Robert A. Bair Jr., and Mr. Kirschnick.

The 14 jobs in the top-priority category would cost about $500,000.

The other jobs were six roads crew workers; a collections clerk for the county attorney; a receptionist/secretary for the Economic Development Office; a technician for the Geographic Information Systems Office, which collects and analyzes data; a program aide for the Farm Museum; a housing coordinator for the Office on Aging; a trade person for the building services bureau; and a secretary for the landfill bureau chief.

Mr. Lippy said he would be inclined to approve the 14 new jobs considered a top priority.

However, Mr. Dell wouldn't say which positions he would approve.

"Overall, I'd have to be very conservative at this point in adding new positions," he said.

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