CLINTON — The Clinton Board of Supervisors, Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf and Patti Robinson from Case Management discussed positions on Thursday which would provide guardianship for people in the county and help secure fine collection.

Robinson and other staff members have been acting as guardians for some patients for a while now. The board stated they would like to create a position which would free Robinson and others to spend more time on their primary job duties. At last week’s meeting of the BOS, Wolf was asked to come up with possible job descriptions and details, such as payment and requirements, for the position.

Wolf expressed the desire to have a person to help prepare necessary documentation to allow the county to collect additional fines available to them through court processes. He and the board had previously proposed combining the guardian duties with these fines collection duties. Wolf looked over the employee descriptions and said he felt that of the clerk, two positions would work best. This job description would fall under the union bargaining position and would have a $12.66 hourly starting wage.

Robinson raised concerns about problems which may arise since the person would be on call at all times. She and board members brought up the fact that under the union rules, workers working outside set work hours, such as on weekends, would be entitled to overtime or something similar.

They discussed that this could cause a problem since many of the person’s hours could be outside regularly scheduled hours.

“I think what you do is you just list it as a position that requires availability and they bill us for the hours they work. And if those hours are on Sunday, they’re on Sunday. If they’re at two o’clock in the morning, they’re at two o’clock in the morning,” said supervisor Jill Davisson, adding, “Because they’re not going to be working all of the time.”

Robinson agreed the position would not have a great deal of hours. Primarily the guardian would need to see each person under their care at least twice a year for case reviews and be available for any emergencies. Robinson said she would hope the guardians would see them more often than twice a year, especially those who are in towns farther away. Robinson said she sometimes feels the people for guardianships around Clinton get special treatment as she can see them more often.

Since the county attorney’s office handles some of the legal sides of the guardianship process, the position would be housed in Wolf’s office. Wolf said he felt since the person would be in his office and may have spare time between guardian duties, he thought they could be used to prepare the documents for courts to allow the county to collect revenue from fines. This money could then be used to pay for the employee.

Wolf and Robinson said they could both train the person for the duties. Robinson said she has training and guidelines for what is required and appropriate from guardians. Chairman Dennis Starling asked if special training and background was needed, but Robinson and Wolf said the guardians’ job is to get the information from their sources which have the training and expertise.

"As Mike talked about the fines collector and as Patti talked about the guardianship, I don't believe we're talking about one job anymore," said Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Eric Van Lancker. He said the differences in decision needed to be made and hours would make it a separate positions. Van Lanker said he believed while the fee collector position would be a non-exempt, or union, position, he felt the guardianship would not be.

The board and other participants in the discussion agreed that Robinson would have the two job descriptions looked over by a consultant and how they could be blended into one position and if they indeed should be combined. The topic will be discussed later after some of the questions raised can be answered more fully.

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