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Lewis County Sheriff’s Department expected to retain second investigator

Lewis County Sheriff’s Department expected to retain second investigator

LOWVILLE — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department will likely retain two investigators for 2018 at the expense of a road patrol position.The legislative Courts and Law Committee on Thursday signed off on a resolution making the second full-time investigator post a permanent one. It must still be approved by the full Legislature.“This is to continue with the investigator with no backfill,” County Manager Ryan M. Piche said, noting the additional cost to the county is expected to be roughly $1,000.The legislative committee in mid-September approved the promotion of a department employee to assist Investigator Edward K. Amelio with his heavy caseload. Then, the full board a couple weeks later allowed Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli to promote a sergeant to investigator and a deputy to sergeant through Dec. 31, with no additional deputies to be hired. Sgt. Ryan Lehman has been serving as the second investigator.Committee member Jerry H. King, R-West Leyden, said he didn’t have a problem with the move, so long as department leaders are OK with it.“If that’s what they want to do for $1,000 more, we can back that,” he said.“We’re working it out,” Sheriff Carpinelli said.Department officials also requested they be allowed to add a part-time person to cover for Thomas Dubach, the department’s civil officer, with the intent of also training a couple of deputies to also serve as backups for that division.“You’ve got to have a redundancy,” Undersheriff Jason A. McIntosh said. “You’ve got to have a backup.”A retiring dispatcher would likely be interested in working a part-time basis to cover for vacations and other time off and assist with the civil caseload, he said.Mr. King asked department officials to come back with more information, including projected costs, in the next month or two. The committee, which includes two new members, including first-year Legislator Ronald J. Burns, R-Copenhagen, also heard from District Attorney Leanne K. Moser in an ongoing request for an second assistant DA position.“I have significant timelines that need to be followed,” said Ms. Moser, also the county coroner.However, with the drug epidemic impacting caseloads for both the DA and the coroner, it is difficult to get everything done with only two available prosecutors, she said.That leads to some matters being delayed as more pressing ones are dealt with, Ms. Moser said.And the Raise the Age initiative and a recent mandate that state prosecutors more closely scrutinize police work in cases may add more work to the office, she said.Ms. Moser said she will continue to discuss the matter and bring more information to legislators. “I’m hoping to talk with you in greater detail,” she said.
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Lewis County Sheriff’s Department expected to retain second investigator

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