Commissioners prepare for warden’s departure

October 3, 2018

The Somerset County commissioners set the starting wage Tuesday for the next county jail warden.

The commissioners said they are working to find a replacement for Greg Briggs, whose last day as warden is Oct. 19. The starting salary was set at $50,000 to $55,000, depending on experience. Briggs’ current salary is $57,650.

“We definitely won’t have anyone in before Greg leaves,” Commissioner Gerald Walker said. “It takes one month to six weeks to fill positions.”

Walker said the board anticipates doing one round of interviews and possibly a second round. He said the goal is to find someone who can keep the jail running as smoothly as possible. The job posting was listed both internally and externally.

“He’ll be missed — no doubt about that,” Walker said.

Briggs started in 2011. Walker said they are still working on a succession plan.

“It depends how far along we are,” he said. “We may appoint the deputy warden as interim. We really didn’t discuss that yet.”

The deadline to submit resumes is Monday.

In other businesses the commissioners:

• Paid $1,142,173.39 in bills.

• Proclaimed Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week.

• Approved the following personnel actions:

Resignations/separations from employment:

Area Agency on Aging: Jessica Alexander, of Windber, senior center operator I; Jennifer Seanor, of Friedens, fiscal technician, effective Oct. 5.

Clerk of Courts: Christy Morin, of Somerset, clerk, effective Sept. 28.

County Jail: Gregory Briggs, of Johnstown, warden, effective Oct. 19.

Domestic Relations: Douglas Koscianski, of Meyersdale, conference officer, effective Oct. 1.

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