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Clarkstown Highway Department Gets Go-Ahead For Constituent Services Assistant

Superintendent requested creation of new part-time position

 

Clarkstown Highway Department Superintendent Wayne Ballard requested that a new position, constituent services assistant, be added to his department. The assistant would process residents’ inquiries during emergencies and regular working hours and would be stationed at the Clarkstown Police Department during emergencies to ensure effective communications between local officials and utilities.

“The public demands answers during emergencies,” said Ballard, adding that the employee would provide information by phone, text and email. 

During a town board executive session in May, Ballard presented the case for the position. His department has several vacancies and he told the town board that the new position would fill some of the gaps created by the elimination of a dispatcher, litter control personnel and deputy superintendent in his department. 

At last Tuesday’s meeting the town board approved his request for the new title.  The Rockland County Personnel Department had already approved the title, which had not existed in the highway department previously.  

Supervisor Alex Gromack explained that Ballard’s position is considered an appointing authority and he has his own budget and “can spend it as he sees fit.”  Ballard told the board he has available money in the budget to pay the salary.  Councilmember Frank Borelli expressed initial opposition about adding another position.

“He now has another title,” said Gromack.  “This was a title he wanted as a part-time person.”

Ballard said the position would be 25 hours per week without benefits. During emergencies, the highway department receives up to 600 phone calls. Ballard said the need for someone to manage those types of call became apparent after the October 2011 snowstorm.

“This person will reach out to the public in different venues,” said Ballard, adding those would be clubs and government boards and would attend various meetings. 

Rob June 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Can't the town get one of those many overpaid administrative ladies who seem to be sitting around and talking all day watching the clock...Perhaps they can all chip in and earn their money....Please tell me I'm wrong.
Chris June 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Yes, someone is already in line for this position and I am glad that Frank Borelli is foiled again.
stephany June 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
doesn't Clarkstown already have one of these constituent liason's. I think Amy Vargas was hired under the pretense of at least having something to do with this then got hired and it was beneath her and also could not justify her huge salary Gromack had planned for her to boost her pension.I think she is already retired from Clarkstown and awaiting pension while working on career and pension #2. I think someone else absorbed it. If I am correct Gromack hired one of his friends maybe 2 yrs ago for a huge salary plus the guy is collecting a pension at the same time. Is he too overworked to handle a few more calls? Does Clarkstown already have a constituent liason or not. full time part time anytime?
Chris June 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Frank Borrelli needs to just forget about this consolidation of the garages idea. This would be against the law and the idea of Mr. Ballard agreeing to something that is against the law is just plain silly. Frank needs to put down the chain saw or hatchet or whatrever he has against Mr. Ballard because he is doing a good job and the position for an assistant has been approved and will benefit all the residents of Clarkstown. Why this dumb consolidation was put off until the next meeting in July is just so FB can continue his verbal assaults on Mr. Ballard.
Watchdog August 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM
SURPRISE SURPRISE. $75,000 for a 25 hour week. Do the math.. I am going to throw up.

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