St. Lawrence County offices schedule June 1 reopening

The seal of St. Lawrence County. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

CANTON — One month after the official resignation date of St. Lawrence County Public Health Director Dana O. McGuire, county lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution to contract with a recruiting agency to find a replacement.

The resolution, presented during a special county Board of Legislators meeting Monday night, authorizes Chairman William J. Sheridan to sign a contract with Axelon Services Corporation and modify the 2021 budget to reflect a contract expense of up to $24,117. The funds are being sourced from the county’s contingency account.

The contract cost may total between $19,587 and $24,117, based on the salary awarded to the successful director candidate, according to the resolution. The salary range is set at $97,933 to $120,581.

Three county Board of Health members and three legislators comprise a director search committee, and roughly $4,000 has already been appropriated for local and regional advertising. County Administrator Ruth A. Doyle said three applications have so far been received.

Ms. McGuire, who headed the department for the last three years, announced her March 26 resignation in February. Legislators approved the appointment of Deputy Director Jolene F. Munger as interim director on March 8.

The public health department continues to facilitate county programming, and with Board of Health President Dr. Andrew F. Williams, continues to brief legislators each month about its ongoing COVID-19 response, case data and vaccination clinics.

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