NORWICH – Chenango County lawmakers were challenged recently to use more of the county’s distribution of the 1998 Tobacco Settlement Agreement funds as they were originally intended – for prevention and cessation programs.
Public Health Director Marcas Flindt requested an increase in the salary that would be offered to a health educator who would manage tobacco use prevention programs in 2010. The position has been vacant for two years.
The salary for the position was set at $52,000 almost a decade ago, but Flindt said bargaining unit salary rasies have increased the amount since then to $56,251.
“We’ve never increased it,” he said.
The amount in the department’s personnel line was shifted earlier this year to cover the cost of purchasing defibrillators for the County Office Building.