CLINTON — The Clinton County Board of Supervisors and City Administrator Jeff Kooistra are addressing the need for a new arrangement for community service in light of coordinator Ed Staszewski’s increase to full-time hours as the county’s Veteran Affairs director.

Staszewski oversees community service referrals for the county, putting in 20 to 30 hours a week in this position. He also works part time as VA director, but that position will go full time at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

Community service workers are those who have been ordered to do such work as part of their sentencing through the court system. Staszewski is responsible for finding a location for community service referrals to work, monitoring their attendance and progress and reporting to the court.

Last year he handled more than 300 cases.

Tammy Johnson fills the same position for the city and believes she can take on the county clients as well, said Staszewski.

“It has been a really valuable program for (the city),” said Kooistra, “and we want to see it continued in some fashion.”

Supervisors Chairman Lewis Todtz agreed, saying “We’ve really felt there was great value in having someone in that position.”

“Generally (community service) has been a really good program,” said Kooistra, “and the clients have cooperated.”

Kooistra will discuss with Johnson the feasibility of moving Staszewski’s referrals to her caseload. If that happened, he said, a wage increase probably would be in order.

The possibility of having a backup to fill Johnson’s shoes in the event of illness, vacation or other time off work also was mentioned.

Supervisors Jill Davisson suggested asking Edith Pfeffer whether she would be interested, as she has experience with the process and the players. Kooistra and the board agreed she could be a good fit for the position if she was willing to fill it.