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CANTON — St. Lawrence County legislators approved staff changes in the Community Services Department Monday that will save the county about $28,000 immediately and more down the road.

Legislators also authorized county District Attorney Nicole Duve to fill the position of an assistant district attorney who resigned.

In Community Services, Director Angela Doe presented legislators with suggested changes to eliminate two clerk positions vacated by resignations and a social worker position, whose salary is 50 percent paid by her department. The remaining half of the social worker’s salary is paid through Public Health’s certified home health agency, which legislators decided earlier to close.

“I’m just eliminating my portion of the salary,” Ms. Doe said.

Ms. Doe said she thought the duties of the social worker could be handled by other full-time members of her staff while replacing the clerks with two keyboard specialists would fill a void in the department. It will also be jobs for two Public Health employees that would otherwise be let go with the demise of the CHHA.

The salary savings for next year would amount to about $28,000 and an additional $2,000 annually for the next decade based on contract step increases, Ms. Doe said. The county will also save on health insurance costs, Legislator Stephen M. Putman, D-Canton, said.

“I want to compliment you on a job well done,” Legislator Daniel F. Parker, R-Potsdam, said. “Keep going.”

Legislators also agreed to fill an assistant district attorney’s position to replace Jason Marx, who has accepted a similar job in Clinton County. Among other duties, Mr. Marx, who had been with the department for a little over a year, handles nine justice courts.

Ms. Duve said her office opened 4,100 cases in 2012.

“I don’t know how many are still open,” she said. “There could be hold-overs.”

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