Commissioners approve list of state-funded investigators

The Warren County Commissioners approved the appointment of 14 law enforcement personnel to the Warren County Drug Task Force on Monday during the Salary Board meeting.

Commissioner John Bortz made the motion for the appointments “with the caveat that the names would remain confidential” so they could carry out their duties.

Commissioner John Eggleston pointed out that they were named as county detectives, but they are not county employees. The positions are funded by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office on a contractual basis.

The board also agreed to hire a new doe license processor, in addition to three others from prior years. Depending on seniority, the part-time hourly wages are $7.60, two at $7.96 and one at $8.12.

Eggleston asked County Treasurer Dennis Munksgard how many licenses were available through his office, and Munksgard said 7,000 to 8,000.

He said, “We have to keep up with requests, or the Game Commission will get complaints. We can take applications for any Wildlife Management Unit in Pennsylvania.”

Munksgard said doe licenses will go on sale July 14, and general hunting licenses are available for purchase now at the courthouse and nine other retail locations in the county.

Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said he had a request to re-hire a former 911 dispatcher, and Bortz noted that the position pays $12.37 per hour.

Vanco said there was also a request to hire a new social service aide grade 3 at Human Services. The board agreed to make both hires.