Cortland County Attorney Asking For More Help to Manage Workload
Cortland County lawmakers are considering increasing staffing in the Cortland County Attorney's Office to help streamline the office and tackle a growing number of legal issues.
County Attorney Karen Howe has asked the legislature to increase a secretary position from part time to full time, currently the position is funded for 17.5 hours a week. Howe is looking to increase the hours to 35 per week.
Currently the position is paid just under $30 thousand dollars a year including benefits, if it's made full time that cost would increase to just under $60 thousand dollars a year.
Howe says she is able to absorb the cost increase in her current budget, but the full expense would have to be budgeted next year.
Howe says over the years staffing in the office has been reduced and this move is an effort to address the staffing cuts and keep up with the growing workload.
Right now the only full time person in the office is a paralegal, if that person has to leave the office, the office essentially shuts down. Howe says adding the full time position would provide overlapping coverage, in addition the secretary can assume some of the non-legal clerical duties that are currently falling to the paralegal.
The increase in hours will be considered next Thursday by the full legislature.