Perkins Township trustees hired a batch of new workers to represent the government. Among them:
The three trustees unanimously selected Al Jackson to fill a vacated highway superintendent’s position.
Jackson stands to obtain $60,000 annually. He’s a longtime Erie County employee who most recently served as facility’s manager before retiring in February 2013.
“We went through a process of advertising and doing interviews with a number of candidates, and we feel very comfortable with the choice we made,” trustee Tim Coleman said.
Jackson is replacing Eric Dodrill, who left this past November to take a position with the Erie Soil and Water Conservation District. The position had been vacant since Dodrill left.
The township’s highway superintendent supervises roads — including overseeing paving projects, leaf collection and snow plow patrols — and cemetery and park operations.
Perkins fire commanders replenished a depleted part-time fire staff.
Trustees authorized hiring seven new part-time firefighters, upping the amount of auxiliary officers to 25.
“We were so low because we had several guys move out of state, go to the military, etc., but this will take us back to 25, which is actually our normal amount,” Perkins assistant fire chief David Murphy said. “They augment our normal string. It’s additional staffing without the additional cost”
In October, trustees approved a new wage scale for part-time firefighters including those working:
•Less than two years — $9 an hour, up from $8.50.
•Between two and five years — $10 an hour, up from $9.50.
•More than five years — $11 an hour, up from $10.50.