Tompkins County
New York


Authorizing the Continuation of Salary for Position Above the Salary Range - Medical Director, Tompkins County Mental Health


Department:Mental Health DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Personnel (Positions, Salaries, Benefits)Functions:Mental Health

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, in 2007 the Legislature determined that the system utilized by Tompkins County to assign salaries to positions based on job description was unable to match the market-rate salary of the specialized professional position of Medical Director of the Mental Health Department, and


              WHEREAS, a salary was, accordingly, set by Resolution No. 38 of 2007, and


              WHEREAS, the Legislature desired to revisit that salary upon a vacancy in the position, and


WHEREAS, circumstances with regard to the assignment of salaries based on the job description have not changed in relationship to market-rate salary for this position, and


              WHEREAS, the Medical Director at the Mental Health Clinic holding the position for the last 20 years resigned as of the 21st of July, 2017, and


WHEREAS, the Mental Health Department has a fully qualified Medical Doctor certified in Psychiatry on staff who is able to take on the duties and responsibilities for Medical Director and has been appointed by the Commissioner of Mental Health, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services and the Budget, Personnel, and Capital Committees, That the salary be approved in the amount of $102.81 per hour ($213,845 annually) for the Medical Director of Tompkins County Mental Health Services, effective immediately.


RESOLVED, further, That no new monies are needed to fund this.



Meeting History

Aug 21, 2017 4:30 PM  Health and Human Services Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Kruppa explained that the person in the Medical Director position recently resigned and Mr. Kruppa appointed another Psychiatrist to serve as the Medical Director on a temporary basis. The salaries are “red-lined”, it is above the Civil Service range to accommodate the professional credentialing that is required. This resolution would allow the salary of the former Medical Director to be moved to the salary of the temporary Medical Director.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne inquired if there was any advertising for this position or was it an internal promotion. Mr. Kruppa stated he had the authority to make the appointment and did so. The appointment was made as an interim appointment due to the fact that the Department is evaluating the need for an additional psychiatrist. Civil Service does not recognize an Interim Medical Director title. This is a provisional appointment to the Medical Director title and the person in that position is aware of the evaluation being done and is in agreement with that. Once the long-term decision is made the process would be evaluated and the best course of action would be taken.

MOVER:Will Burbank, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Will Burbank, Carol Chock
EXCUSED:Peter Stein
Sep 5, 2017 4:45 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Special Meeting
MOVER:James Dennis, Chair
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
EXCUSED:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Sep 5, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Mr. Kruppa explained how the Department is reorganizing and said there are no new positions being added.

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein